Saturday, October 1: The Place of Exaltation

“We are not made for the mountains, for sunrises, or for the other beautiful attractions in life— those are simply intended to be moments of inspiration. We are made for the valley and the ordinary things of life, and that is where we have to prove our stamina and strength.”  –  My Utmost For His Highest

how wonderful it would be if we could live like perfect angels in the real world than have to reckon and struggle with the “ordinary things” of daily living — unfaithfulness, abuse, ingratitude,  arrogance, exploitation, mediocrity, corruption, deception, laziness, waste,  and so forth.

and, as we all know, it doesn’t end there.  we don’t just have to work around these realities, we have to overcome them and not allow our passions to be killed in order for us to find our own place under the sun.

tough.

in struggling, we have made mistakes — some bigger than the others.  bad business decisions, marrying the wrong person, turning our backs on opportunities, drug addiction, succumbing to our pride, to greed, laziness, and so forth.   or, we may have abandoned God.

but our times of inspiration, our mountaintop experiences, the places of exaltation are there for us to draw hope and strength from.   that we have indeed a loving and perfect God who wants only the best for us… a powerful God who is bigger than our problems and mistakes… a forgiving God who is eager to write off our tainted past and bless us with a bright future.  (Jeremiah 29:11)

it is in the “ordinary things of life” that we are meant not just to apply all that we have seen and heard and learned in our moments of vision, but to apply our new, reenergized, and renewed God-centered selves.

“my Lord God, by Your love and grace alone am I here to seek You again.  thank You, dear Jesus, for being patient, understanding, and forgiving. i  am sorry.  i trust in You alone.”

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