Divine Privilege

Privilege seems to be one of the hot topics of today. White privilege, classism, racism, on and on. What would be a great topic is divine privilege and how to access and use it? What would happen if believers tapped into this privilege? Genesis 1:26 scripture states God creates man in the image of Himself and after His likeness. The distinction of being created by and for God, in this particular way, is that we have access to the divine. This access is a privilege that was and is not owed to us. And despite our fall from grace because of sin, Christ restored our access to this divine within so we could return to fellowship with God.

Through this fellowship, we grow in knowing the truth of God and ourselves so we can embrace the promises of God. This divine privilege realizes our beauty and greatness reflecting God in the earth in various ways. Christ promised not only a life through him but one that is abundant (John 10:10). Christ makes the impossible possible, the difficult easier, and the foggy clear.

As I reflect on some choices, I need to make or reinforce, I consider this privilege. Recalling this privilege reminds me of what I really want, helping me to remember the larger picture. The picture I see is me remaining in God’s path for me with its resulting joy in my life. I will not neglect or regret this divine privilege, would you?!

Join me in recalling this divine privilege through Christ to refresh and stimulate your perspective; there’s definitely something more in store…

Honoring my privilege, Ceci #divineprivilegeismine #refreshandstimulate

Think It Through

It is astonishing the ease in which you can miss the truth even when it is visible. We’re taught to keep our eyes open yet rarely are we taught what to look for. If your eyes are open, what should you look for? A hungry person with their eyes open may look for food. Yet if they were fed, would they be better off with the food or is the opportunity to learn to feed themselves a better response despite the investment of time needed? Despite our circumstances, we hunger for something else and sometimes we just do not know what to ask for; yet we are clear on what we do not want.

It’s great to know what you do not want yet how do you determine what you do want? Most people would begin to look at superficial details or far-reaching ideas when the simplest opportunities are right before them. Choosing to think differently and take different corresponding actions requires intention and disciplined thought. In a society of heavy pressure to make quick decisions, time is on your side. Take the time you need to consider your options and think out the various ways things can unfold. Carve out your space to breathe and recognize that while time has passed, your life and your future are still being revealed. For every action, there is a reaction. Be careful to choose wisely.

Ecclesiastes 8:5b ESV – ‘…and the wise heart will know the proper time and the just way.’

Looking toward the rising sun, Ceci 

When The Rubber Meets The Road

Rubber tires are constructed of synthetic rubber, fabric cord, steel wire and cords, along with miscellaneous elements layered upon a drum.  This circle of combined elements is placed within a curator to cure the rubber, steel, and cords. The chemicals used in the curator help to make all of the elements flexible and fused cohesively for usage. The tread is set and out of the curator emerges a tire ready for use. Upon its finishing, this tire is marked for use. And the tire can be proven reliable when the rubber meets the road.

Visiting a lesson on how a tire is made can inspire one to think of what we are made of. Things that are organic to us and things that were experienced by us messes with learning, trials and triumphs. These moments regardless of material has formed us into something of use. What is important is that we are able to identify where we belong and what we do! The person making the tire knows what the purpose is for the tire, what vehicle it belongs on and what it is to do.

We can discover such details through our relationship with God, experiences, and study of God’s work. Trying to figure out where we belong is not what a tire does, it it rolls, it endures shocks and bumps, and it moves a vehicle to its destination. We must be flexible to do the same thing. Know what we’re made of, endure the making process and ready ourselves for use. Are you ready for your rubber to meet the road? Read Ephesians 2:10 in any version and pray for understanding of who you are, what you are to do, when you are to do it, and how you are to do it.

When a car needs to stop, the tire does not jump off the car yelling, :Give me notice next time?!” Or “I don’t even like this job, reassign me to another purpose!” The tire is readied for meeting the road knowing that the road is how the tire is proven efficient and reliable; “…let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16 NLT).”

The road awaits your arrival!