I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
There are days when we wake and sense a drape of dread suspended over us. It's not that there is anything threatening to harm us, nor is it just a disheartened attitude toward life that has afflicted us. It is, rather, an anxiety that our life does not really count for anything. It seems our days and nights flow into each other with no significant difference being made in others' or our lives. We wonder why we are even alive. Of what use are we? We see others doing so much, while we seem to hang idly by just doing our job, paying our bills, watching television, shopping for groceries, and partying on Friday night. Meanwhile, athletes are being awarded Olympic gold medals, technology gurus are inventing new products that change the way we do business, altruists are transforming the lives of the poor, and even our neighbor is involved in a civic project that gives hope to the future of the community. We feel too old, too young, too weak, too unskilled, too un-creative, and too inadequate to be a player in the creative turning of the world.
Yet, when we were shaped into being, we were made in God's very image. The One who created us in love gave us the breath of life. Our eyes, our hands, our bones, our muscles, our minds, our mouths, our hearts, our souls were fashioned with intention and care. Each moment that the air pushes through our lungs and is expelled into the atmosphere once again is a moment that delights God - is a moment that means we make a difference. There is much in the course of life that would deprive us of knowing that we matter. And we believe it all too quickly. But the spirit of God the Lover, the Creator, stands close by admiring us and whispering ever so slightly that we are more important than we could ever imagine. What God began in us, at our creation, God will bring to fruition. We may not know why we are waking to the alarm clock yet again, but when the dawn shyly peeks through the disappearing darkness, and the breath of God moves through us, God is reminding us that our life still counts.
O God, when every moment of life seems a struggle, when I feel worthless and insignificant, let the warmth of your love melt the ice of my heart.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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