I blinked and somehow half of August blew past me. Anyone else feeling that way?
It's been a whirlwind of a summer over in our neck of the woods, although I bet yours feels pretty similar. Family visits, job changes, youth group trips - the list goes on but I think the passing of summer says it best. And perhaps the picture above where one plant looks beat to a pulp and the other is thriving - both the result of summer, yes? Possibly also my green thumb (or lack thereof).
This summer has been a rollercoaster of victorious, celebratory moments and also moments of fierce doubt and worry. After cruising along through June and July, God has been grabbing our attention. He's been showing me again and again that he is King over my life - when in fact I thought I was in charge. He's been reminding me that even when I'm unsure of my footing, he is the Shepherd who won't lead me astray or leave me out to dry.
He's been picking us up by our feet to shake off the dust we didn't realize had slyly settled from the comfort of our selfishness. He's started to teach us the meaning of leaning into him because there's no other Rock that can stand still through it all.
I'm still recovering from the stark realization that my life is not about me because I hadn't seen myself fall into that place of deception. It happened slowly with the temptation of complacency. But now that he's got my attention, there's no turning back.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. - Romans 12:1-2
Presenting my body to God as a living sacrifice means all of it - mind, body, spirit, will, hopes, dreams, accomplishments, etc. There is no part of me that can be left aside from this living sacrifice. Lord, make me look more like you. More of you and less of me. More of you and less of me.