What Life Really Looks Like


I heard it today.

Or saw it, maybe is a better way to say it.

I saw it in my kitchen.

Did I tell you, I’ve got a magical spot in my kitchen?

Well, I do.

And it’s mine, all mine – except when the rest of the house wakes up, then it’s just a chair and a little brown table.

But for the few minutes in the morning that it’s mine – it’s life’s little sweet spot.  My chair, my table, my Keurig and some peace and quiet.  I usually read my Bible or a good book and drink my cuppa joe.

And for those few moments, it’s mine – all mine.

This morning, I was praying in my magical little spot.

And I was asking him, what I should be building in this season.  https://joyceackermann.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/sisu/

I’ve been feeling like I should continue to do what I’ve been doing: focusing on building up our family .

No mom, I’m not pregnant.

I meant, spiritually speaking.  You know, character building, relationship strengthening, identity shaping stuff – not buns in the oven stuff.

So building up our family, continuing to write, and incorporating more intercession into my daily life.

That’s pretty much it.

Nothing incredibly exciting.

It’s the stuff I’ve been doing.

All things I love, but definitely nothing new.

And so, I was asking God for specifics on way I could put those things into practice and what his take was on everything.

And a mini-movie of Jesus getting really excited about this season of building, started playing in my mind.  And his excitement was contagious.

And he was jumping.

Jesus was jumping.

Like a kid on a trampoline.

And he was laughing.

Sounds crazy, I know.  But this wasn’t me, remember “all the same stuff” was how I was looking at it.

And trust me, my coffee was not that strong.

But this is how God speaks.

He catches us off guard and loves to surprise us, if we’ll let him.

And I got to see a glimpse of what a season of building looks like from an eternal perspective.

So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

Colossians 3:1-2 (The Message)

Jesus was excited.

Like jumping up and down excited.

And maybe this sound sacrilegious to you, but I promise you that God always puts things in pictures and words we can understand.

I live in a house with 3 kids and a beagle, jumping up and down only means one of two things: 1. super-excited or 2. I gotta pee.

I’m pretty sure it was number 1, no wait, not that kind of number 1.

Number 1 as in, Jesus is stoked about this season for you and for me.

So tonight, I’m hoping that you can see heaven’s perspective for where you are.

It’s not lack-lustre.

It’s amazing.

Take some time to look up.

Ask him to show you what this season of your life looks like from his perspective.

If you’ll let him, he’ll surprise you.


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