A few days ago, Kira, the baby, and I were out on a walk. (This was literally just a walk around the park – not a class five scramble on Mt Charleston… J) Anyway, we saw this group of kids out playing. They ranged in age from about 2 years to 5 years, and they were having a blast! We saw them crawling under the playground equipment, running around the trees, and chasing bugs on the grass! It was so cool to see that much enthusiasm for life, and it made me wonder when I last felt that kind of excitement… Sure, I get out and run a fair amount, but that’s different. These kids were running for the sheer joy of life… Pretty neat!
I think we were created to be passionate and filled anew with God’s Holy Spirit every day. However, it doesn’t take long for most of us to think we’ve seen it all. What more is there really to do? In time, it can become pretty easy for us lose to lose that childlike enthusiasm for life…
|Jesus' words to Nicodemus in John 3|
This week, our scripture passage comes from John 3:1-17. I love these verses for a lot of reasons, but it is the Pharisee, named Nicodemus, who really stands out today. Pharisees were religious leaders who lived at the top of their society. Most of them didn’t believe they had anything more to learn, especially from lower classes of people. However, Nicodemus was different. He took a risk, and he started to question his beliefs. Could this carpenter from Nazareth know something I don’t? This small question challenged his world view, and eventually, it allowed him to be reborn in a fresh new way... Today, it still takes courage to question who we are, and it takes courage to let go of the past. However, Jesus promises the Holy Spirit will be blowing on our hearts… Today I pray we can let go of our assumptions and run free with God’s Spirit!