If you don't mind, today I'll skip the fun intro because we've got serious business!
Wow. I honestly can't remember what Jim exactly preached on yesterday (without cheating and looking at our printed plan for the day), but I certainly do remember the instructions pertaining grief and sin. Jim reminded us that we need to make sure that we grieve the sins that surround us and not just brush them off.
Sometimes, I have the tendency to take sins to heart and let the devil entrap them there. They stay there and continue to eat me up. Like most Christians, I have found this nasty habit can be avoided by remembering that Jesus has forgiven us and extended grace. The only problem with this is that I can tend to let them bypass my heart and go straight to the "as far as the east is from the west, so shall your sins be removed" pile. That pile is a good one and I thank the Lord for it, but I was reminded yesterday that I need to let them pass healthily through my heart. I need to grieve the sins around me. I don't know if you did this yesterday after the service, but there was one particular sin that was around me and when I laid down last night, I couldn't let it out of my head. As tired as I was from leading worship at 4 worship services, this was keeping me up. When I remembered what he said, I asked the Lord to guide me through the grief process. Boy!!! What a difference!! What a blessing can come out of taking time to let this sin process through my heart!!
Needless to say, I fell asleep like a baby who just played at the park for four hours. This wasn't just a "get to sleep" exercise though. This morning as Jim and I talked about some changes in my life, he reminded me to take time to grieve even the necessary and good things. This is where I realized.. Is it a smudge or is it broken? Until I clean it and take a good look, sometimes you can't tell the difference. And something broken takes a lot more care than something that is smudged! The broken things require an extra dose of the Lord's hand!
I pray that you all take time to see if it's broken or smudged. It's amazing. I'm a "let it roll of your back" kind of gal, but that tendency can leave me unhurt, but also empty. So don't let it roll off your back. But don't let it fester in your heart. Ask for the proper tools to sift and grieve before it reaches that "east to west" pile. I know mine is getting bigger each day, but maybe now my sin will go there processed.
Yesterday, Landon led us in worship and we sang
Hosanna by Starfield
Healer by Kari Jobe
Overcome by New Life Worship or Jeremy Camp
Forever Reign by Kristian Stanfill.
I loved worshiping with all of you yesterday and I pray that you'll rejoin us next Sunday as we continue to worship together, encourage each other and venture deeper into the heart and mind of God!