Thursday, July 19, 2018

What really matters...

My family is roughly 6 weeks away from welcoming a new baby into our home.  It’s pretty exciting, but it’s also a pretty crazy!  I’ve been busy painting rooms, putting the crib back together, and digging out the old infant toys and clothes we have been storing in the garage.  Next, we’ve had to figure out everything we still have to buy:  car seats, double running strollers, all the powders and creams that seem to be necessary for babies… It’s amazing how such a tiny child needs so much! J

I know there is always going to something else I could prepare for.  However, I believe the one thing we need to offer is love.  Everything we buy is going to fall short if it’s not given in love… (Now diaper creams and burp rags will certainly have their value, but I believe love is behind it all…) Caring for infants is such a wild experience, because our love is not based on who the child is…  I don’t know what this child will look like, act like, or what his personality will be.  I don’t get to control who this child is, but I believe he is created perfectly with his own gifts, and I have the opportunity to love him and allow him to thrive.

Our scripture passage today states:

You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household
-Ephesians 2:19

Personally, I believe this passage says that God has chosen each of us.  We aren’t called to divide ourselves or think of reasons to remain distant from others.  We are called to love and to offer opportunities for all people to thrive.  Today I hope you can all share your gifts without fear, and I hope you can see those around you for the blessings they are!