Titus 3:3-8New International Version (NIV)
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
Happy Day Light Savings Time! I know that a lot of people don’t like day light savings, but I do. I like being awake when the sun rises. I like when the sun sets later in the day so I can get more done during the light. I like that though spring isn’t officially here, the world has reset it’s clock in anticipation.
Spring is a great time of renewal and rebirth, for hope and healing, and excitement and expectation. It’s time to slough off the despair and dreariness of winter and embrace the beauty of spring.
Spring is a time to escape the confining walls of our homes and enjoy the bounty of beauty of God’s world again. It’s time to plant flowers, tomatoes, and vegetables. Digging in the dirt can be so therapeutic. As I cultivate my garden, I think about how God has done the same thing to my heart over the past year. He has broken up the hardened clumps of regret and shame that hindered growth. He has tilled new ground in my soul so he could plant seeds of encouragement. He has watered and cared for my spirit so the roots of his word could take hold.
The first day of spring occurs during Holy Week this year. I love it when that happens. Rebirth in the resurrection coinciding with rebirth in physical world. The realization that we no longer have to be enslaved by worldly passions and pleasures and problems, but witnessing the kindness and love of our savior that turn our eyes to a Godly perspective.
For me, Spring is a season of hope. The beauty of God’s world cannot be missed during this time. It’s time to shut the door on hate and malice and envy, and step boldly into the kindness and love and mercy of Christ. It’s time to plant seeds of hope and joy in a world full of turmoil and sadness.
Hope is no longer just a four letter word for me, it’s real and alive.
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