Advent: Friday, December 13 . . . Love

241
r

Story . . . 

TableThink’s Friday is all about reviewing.  Today . . . we are reviewing the way we tell our story . . . which reveals how we view our life and live it.  

So.  We are reviewing the article, “Tell The Story,” which is also a review.   

A Piece Of TableThink’s Story

Kerrie  I remember trying to figure out who you were during the service; however, you and your wife, Louise, left before I had the opportunity to talk.  Looking back to that Sunday, I see how clueless we were to the significance of your visit.  It is one more thing which reveals how God sets us up for something more every. single. day.

Anyway . . .

I loved the conversation we had a few months later when I called you.  A mutual friend gave me your name and number as a possible person to lead worship at the church. I called out of desperation on that Thursday because I needed you that Sunday.  You downplayed your expertise by telling me you were just a “guy with a guitar. “

We connected immediately, which is so important for the lead pastor and worship pastor.  So.  We arranged for you to lead worship for one more Sunday, then three Sundays, and then finally three months. 

Joshua: Finally?  You have never used the word, “finally” with me.  Here we are–so there’s been no “finally.”

Kerrie:  You make me laugh.  Seriously, I had good intentions.  The thing is . . .  God connected us for more than we ever had thought about . . . or imagined.  How this all happened is such a good lesson in understanding how often humanity is unaware of the significance of each moment.

Joshua: It’s cool how we formed a great friendship  and working relationship, which ultimately led to the formation of TableThink.  Only, God could have orchestrated this whole thing. It’s crazy how our stories connected before we met. We both served at the same church but different decades – we both planted a church, but at different times.

Kerrie: Seriously, our situation underlines how God is simultaneously at work in our “now” and “not-yet.”  

Story . . . 

It takes time to format our story through the reality of faith rather than from our limited perspective.   One of the greatest challenges of telling the story is to be honest about the pieces of our story formed through who and what we blame as well as where we carry shame.  The thing is . . .  blame and shame . . .  place limitations in our story.

These elements of the story become a painful burden, eventually anchoring to the soul, impacting every. single. day. 

The story changes when we rise up and tell our story from the perspective of love and grace.

Of course, this is never easy to do.

Because.

It’s easier to place blame than to look at what’s ours to own.

Until.

We discover and enter into the power of love and grace.

Best Advice . . . 

Rise up . . . work through the pieces of your story delineated by blame and shame . . .  and release what does not belong.

Tell your story through the reality of love and grace.Three Elements Of Our Story

~We are born to exist in and through God’s love every. single. day.

“God is love” (1 John 4:7a (TPT)).

“We live in God; we move in God; we exist in God” (Acts 17:28 (Voice)). 

~We receive grace without deserving or earning it, to do more than we could possibly do on our own.

” . . . My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness . . . ” (Excerpt from 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (Msg)).

~We do our part in our story, trusting God is at work bringing all the details together for good.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28 (NLT)). 

Listen . . .

Think On This . . . 

Luke wrote about the in-breaking of God into the daily life of humanity in the New Testament and wrote about the individuals who participated in the God-event.

The story of  God-with-us would not be the same without Joseph, Mary, the shepherds, and others.  They are a crucial element of the story of Christmas.

The story is their legacy, powerfully demonstrating  how humanity is given the opportunity to participate and engage with the story of God’s love in this world.   

And. 

It’s yours, mine, and our story. 

Light Two Candles

Today . . . light the candle symbolizing hope . . .  and light the candle symbolizing love . . . think about the opportunities you have to connect with God’s love at Christmas . . . determine how you are apart of the story of Christmas this year. 

Merry Christmas!

Perspective . . . 

“For now we see but a faint reflection of riddles and mysteries as though reflected in a mirror, but one day we will see face-to-face.My understanding is incomplete now, but one day I will understand everything, just as everything about me has been fully understood” (I Corinthians 13:12( TPT)).

Daily Advent Think On This Podcast And Devotional

Think On This . . . devotional and podcast is released every. single. day.  You can listen to Think On This on our website or on Alexaitunes, and podbean.

TableThink’s Next

We are anticipating great days ahead as we continue to prepare for launching  our new website, online community, and more.  We have encountered some obstacles which has delayed our launch until February 2020.  We hope you will join us in praying for what more God has for all of us in this time of waiting.

TableThink’s Four Essential Elements Of Living  1. Meaning.   2. Purpose. 3. Fulfillment. 4.  Influence. 

  • I will live a meaningful life.  I will: Love God. Love myself. Love others.
  • I will live a purposeful life.  I will:  Align. Assimilate. Activate.
  • I will live a fulfilled life.  I will: Inspire.  Innovate. Invest.
  • I will live an influential life.  I will: Live.

TableThink’s Weekly Rhythm, Routine, And Ritual 

  • Routine: A regular and fixed weekly best practice.
  • Rhythm: A sequenced pattern of living.
  • Ritual:  A set apart time and space for meaningful and sacred moments.

TableThink’s Mission

  • It’s our mission to invest our time and energy in serving you with  inspiration and innovation to live the best in your exceptional life. 

December 2019: The Month Of Expectant Waiting

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here