I’m writing today as a contributor to the Christian Writers Blog Chain. Our theme for this month is “Celebration.” Christianwriters.com is an excellent place to network if you’re a Christian writer or author.
Coming full circle… I don’t know about you, but in life whenever there is a loose end it tends to make me wonder. I guess I shouldn’t let this bother me, because I do know that there is a reason and a time for everything, right…
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
I’ve also found, in life, there are experiences that occurred that I can’t really “tie back” to anything definite until years later… then, when the “ahhh haaa” moment shows up, I can put the pieces of the puzzle together and everything fits together just right.
My family made me think of this today… we have some stories in our tribe, for sure. My daughter Rachael handed me a Father’s Day card that had mention of an evil twin… the cover… “Dad, I know it seems like I was a lot of trouble growing up, but it was actually my evil twin”… and inside… “by the way, my evil twin is very sorry.” This really busted me up in laughter as I really had a time of it with her during her teenage years.
We struggled in our relationship for a really long time… but when it finally came together… when everything went full circle… it was good… and I mean really good! The same has been true in every aspect of my life… when I believe and trust in God.
Through all of that Rachael and I found the meaning of free will… true, unconditional love… and mutual respect. I know, I’ve written about this before… but I have a little different angle this time, so please bear with me…
Today, this thought has taken me back to an Andy Stanley sermon that is one of my all-time favs… it has to do with, among other things, having a right standing (or righteousness) with our Heavenly Father… and how when we mess up we come back to Him with our head hung low… apologizing and seeking to make things right… when, in reality, we’ll never be able to earn our right standing, which is why God gave us an out in Jesus, so we can be in His glory.
My point with Rachael is this… she couldn’t mess up her right standing with me or keep me from loving her no matter what she did. She messed up but she can always have a right standing with me… just as we all do with God knowing that Jesus died for our sins so we don’t owe God any more… it feels weird and makes us feel shameful and guilty whenever we make mistakes… but we can’t mess that up because Jesus has taken sin out of the equation… that’s the beauty and majesty of the Gospel!
Coming full circle… the pieces in the pie with Rachael and me fit together easily… it’s pretty easy to see how we gained love and respect directly through a cause and effect relationship between the two of us. Other times in life, the cause may actually have very little to do with the ultimate effect… the outcome. I can see that at work (through God, of course!) in my life today… in a variety of places (yep, including the HB!).
Remember, nothing worthwhile comes easy… a worthy pursuit, for the right reasons, is more precious than gold!
In case you missed it.. the pieces of the pie.. B-I-N-G-O… there’s the wedge!
Coming full circle… yep, there’s reason to celebrate… today and every day… no need to worry or feel uneasy anymore… because when everything comes together in God’s perfect time and way… all is good… and I mean really good :-)
Note to evil twin: Apology accepted!
Do you have an experience where coming full circle gave you reason to celebrate?