Posts Tagged ‘experience’

As  we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F.  Kennedy

1 Thessalonians 4:4-5 Learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body, not abusing it, as is so common among those who know nothing of God.

Paul says, “ed, learn to appreciate, not when i get time or if i even want to, simply LEARN TO APPRECIATE. What a great day for this word appreciate and learning to do it. It’s one of those “there is nothing wrong, but something is not right days.” It’s a day where i must focus on appreciating as everything within me is telling me i have nothing. i know that’s not the truth but never the less there is a battle and it is disturbing. But how great is it that God would have this post which was started a week ago end up being todays post. It helps to see that God does know and cares enough to send me a personalized message.

Learn: acquire knowledge of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience, become informed of or acquainted with, gain (a habit, mannerism, etc.) by experience, exposure to.

Appreciate: to value or regard highly, place a high estimate on.

Honestly i believe… no i know most of the time, that i am learning, that i am becoming aware of knowledge that is changing my life as i apply it. It’s funny because i am doing a study with some others called “Experiencing God” and this weeks unit taught that truth is revealed and not discovered. Truth is being revealed to me, i am learning to…

As for appreciate, i believe the proof is in the pudding. If i truly appreciate what is being revealed to me then i am applying my life to it. That’s the sign that i place a high estimate on it. Every once in a while i receive a gift that i do not use, in fact it gets put on a shelf or in a drawer and as the saying goes, “out of sight out of mind.” That being said, it leads me to believe that i do not regard it highly, and based on my usage the value is low. I posses it but it plays no part in my everyday life.

Example, my first car was a 1960 Buick station wagon. It had no rear window, no air conditioning, no emergency brake, and no working speedometer. No problem… that is until i got a ticket for speeding and suddenly i had a new appreciation for speedometers. I placed a high enough value on it that i repaired it. Eventually that car taught me to appreciate a working transmission as the reverse gear went out. Imagine driving a car with no reverse and all the adjustments that have to be considered. i learned about those adjustments one day when i went to drive the car. It was not where i had left it but rather at the bottom of a hill at the end of our back yard which just happened to be next to a neighbors garage which my car was now parked in. Oh, it didn’t get there through the garage door but rather the side wall.

Today i will fight to appreciate being a simple creation of God even though it “feels” like i am missing out on something great, something big. God says, ed, gain appreciation (a habit, mannerism, etc.) by experience, exposure to, value and regard highly, place a high estimate on our relationship on My guardrails, My rhythmical pattern of steps. COME TO ME!

Appreciation  is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as  well. – Voltaire


Until… 2012 ends and 2013 begins. Unlike past years i would be very excited to have just made it through another year, and almost dreadfully anticipating yet another year. Not this time! i am sharing my personal journal of “Counting Down The Days Until… which is based on the book “The Dream Giver.

If you read The Dream Giver Book you would not find any reference to today’s post other than after wilderness you come to a road which offers the opportunity to go left or right. Left is Sanctuary and right the Giants.

Where i have been for several days, is in a place that it would appear, i have created. Being the creative person that i am i built a park bench at the crossroads i just described. There are trees which offer plenty of shade and in the background there is the sound of rushing water which is very soothing and restful to me. What am i doing there one might ask? i am waiting. Waiting for what one might ask? i have no idea! i am just waiting.

i shared about the idea of Sanctuary, coming to the water, coming to the light, going higher in response to His invitation. As i sit here and wait, i sense that i have not actually experienced the full reality of Sanctuary. i shared prior that i have on different occasions, gone there but only as far as the Water. In the past 90 days i have gone there again, but only far as the Light. Now as i sit on this bench i am wondering why i have not accepted the invitation to its fullness and drawn closer in the higher elevations of Sanctuary.

Then there is the other turn, the Giants. It’s like one of those bouncing heads that you see in the back window of a car. It just sort of bounces from one direction to the next as the motion of the car changes. One moment i am looking down the road to Sanctuary and then find myself staring down the road toward the Giants.

Looking at Sanctuary i have questions as to what will be required of me? i do not take this lightly. To actually take the entire journey and enter into the fullness of the Dream Givers invitation. i say that it’s where i desire to go but it is a lot easier to talk about it than to actually experience it, especially with consistency.

Looking toward the Giants i really don’t see any or i should say, i didn’t see any until last Monday night. In our weekly gathering someone spoke about their giant being themselves. That’s what i’m seeing as i look toward the land of Giants, myself! i am hesitant of going down that road because of me and as i type this i know why. It’s because i have not finished my journey in Sanctuary.

In Sanctuary, at each stage of it i am restored to God’s intended order for my life. i see, understand and experience more of His love for me, thus i am able to love me and who i am more, which then allows me to love others as myself. If i do not experience Sanctuary to its fullness then i am unable to deal with all the Giants. my age, my current position, my resources, my connections are all in question as just sit on this bench. i am just pondering what could be, in exchange for experiencing.

This is what i know. i do not want to go back to wilderness, in spite of all the gems i have gained by going through it, more than once i can say. So i find that have only three remaining choices. One, sit and do nothing, this nothingness becomes my new comfort zone. Move on to face the Giants with a fifty-fifty chance on not getting my brains beat out of me. Possibly experience burn out, give up on God, hope for an end to remove me from any more of life? No i traveled that road before and as with wilderness i do not desire to go there, not yet anyway. That leaves just one more option. The option to go back to Sanctuary, accept the invitation to join the Dream Giver as given in Matthew 11:28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”