God Votes

In the early morning hours of creation, God went to the voting booth.  His ID was written in the newly created wisps of the clouds.  His punch-card chiseled from the canyons of the earth.  No hanging-chads here.  And when He pulled back the curtain, it was done.  Beforehand, He knew exactly for whom He was to cast His vote.

At the end of the day, when the booths closed and the signs went down, there was one definite choice.  One who emerged as victorious.  One who would rule and reign over the greatest and smallest.

When God cast His ballot, He voted for one.  And that ‘one’ is you.

You – A loosing candidate riddle by the choice of sin.  You – Showing zero in the polls and no hope of life.  You – reeking of death from your hypocrisy and guilt.  And yet, all it took was one vote and your life was saved.  He transferred defeat to his Son Jesus and gave you the conquest.  No more campaigning.  No more pleading.  No more speeches rehearsing your worthiness for His vote.  They didn’t impress Him anyway.  But in the moment and out of His love for you, He made you his choice.

God Votes, and He votes for you.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8

Peace!

JESUS AND THE FORMING-FILLING EFFECT

My wife and I had a fascinating conversation about Genesis 1 and the “forming and filling” idea.  (see this post).  The question came up, “Was Jesus involved in creation?”  The upfront answer is “yes” because the Bible says in John 1 that everything was created through “The Word.”  Biblically, this moniker points to Jesus.  So, strictly, of the Trinity, it was Jesus who designed, blueprinted and created creation.  Cool!  But I’m interested in something else.

I want to go back again to the forming and filling.  I think it’s interesting that in the beginning, Jesus formed the earth and everything in it so that He could walk on it thousands of years later.  The cave in which he as born, He carved out of the hillside.  The water on which he walked, He poured into the Gallilean basin.  The wood on which He was killed, He caused to grow.  And the hole in which His body was laid, He chiseled.

He formed it.  He filled it.  All for His great purpose.

Peace!

THE GENESIS APPROACH TO TIME MANAGEMENT

I was listening to a presentation on Genesis 1 where the teacher was explaining that when God created the world, He formed it then filled it.  If you read the account, the first half of the week in God’s workshop, the sea, land and sky were made in preparation of what was to come.  The second three days, God filled what His voice had created.  The last day of the week, He rested.

I began to think, what if I ordered my week the same way God created the world?  For that matter, what if I ordered my day like that?  So, for the last few weeks, as I’ve approached my schedule, I’ve thought about the forming and filling concept of time management.  Here’s what it looks like:

  1. At the beginning of the week, I take intentional time to look over the next days and identify the meetings that are required.  Then I look at the other blocks of time in which I know conversations, projects and message preparation can happen.  That’s the forming.  I’ve given form to what my week can look like.
  2. Then I fill in those blocks of time with what I need and want to accomplish by the end of the week.  That’s the filling.
  3. Then I intentionally take a full day off at the end of it all.  That’s my Sabbath.

For example, earlier this week I formed and filled today with a meeting this morning, paperwork around lunch-time and a block of time for message preparation this afternoon.  Given, unlike God’s original creation, my schedule is imperfect, I’ve also built in flexibility for those Diving Appointments some people call Interruptions.

I don’t know if this is a revolutionary idea, but for me, the Forming and Filling concept has help my days be more focused and productive and my rest be more … well … restful.

What does your time management system look like?

Peace!