"Faithful Responses to Sacred Moments" | Fabian Gonzalez
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Awe doesn't just bring joy and fulfillment, it can also inspire us, to make certain decisions, to create, and to take a stand for what is right. Like Moses, we can let the burning bushes in our lives inspire us to be faithful. What is the burning bush that inspires you?
Children inhabit a magical world full of joy. Children are in awe of everything. The simplest things can evoke awe. But at some point, we lose that sense of joy and awe. What would it look like to regain that childlike joy? What would it look like to incorporate play and imagination into our lives?
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From our earliest years, we develop certain thoughts about light and darkness. Light can be illuminating or blinding, while darkness can cause fear or provide cover. The magi used the light of Jesus's birth to visit him from a far distance. If Jesus came to shine the light in the dark places of our lives, why are we sometimes content to hide in the shadows? Do you find home more in light or darkness?
Very few people value renting or leasing as much as buying or owning. We'd much rather own the company than manage the employees. But in this life, everything we have belongs to God, and we are asked to manage or steward God's things for our limited time on earth. How can we avoid wrecking our stewardship?
From the very beginning of creation God intended for us to live in community with each other and God. But being in relationship can be difficult because few folks love us like we love ourselves. Our human nature is to put our own needs first. How can we keep from wrecking our relationships?
As we get older we hope to mature, both in wisdom as well as spirit. As our eyes mature, they begin decrease in ability to see up close. Isn't it fascinating that our long-range eyesight stays more intact than up close? Maybe it's God's design of maturity that as we get older we begin to consider what legacy we'll leave behind for others, rather than focusing on ourselves.
We don’t have to look to far around us to see our enemies. When someone wrongs us we are immediately upset…and rightly so what he or she has done has hurt us. If left unresolved this person may turn into an enemy. Some of us even have enemies within our own homes. Jesus tells us to love our enemies and to pray for those who hurt us. How do we invite in the enemy?
Think about the lowest point in your life - when it all fell apart. Think of the anger inside, or the sadness. Think of how overwhelmed you felt. The absolute pit of our lives is where God does some of his most extraordinary work. The place with the greatest lament can be the place of some of the most restorative and transformative work.
The constant competition for power and control is exhausting and has led to much destruction and pain. But when God first created, he called it good, he called us very good, and he created us in his image to create, but to create with love and for love.