Graveyards & Great Potential

Graveyards & Great Potential

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I don’t know how you personally feel about the Oscars.  I didn’t watch them but I did watch several clips of the winners’ award acceptance speeches and I was moved by Viola Davis’ in particular.  In the beginning of her speech, she says:

“There is one place where all the people with the greatest potential are gathered and that’s the graveyard.”

That was so profound to me.  It brings to mind the word ‘legacy’.  The very definition of the word ‘legacy’ is something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.  Which is so weird to me because I feel like my generation is so focused on the ‘now’.  The bucket lists and the involvement in politics and the career goals and the degrees and the financial gains.  And yes, some of those things have lasting value, but will they be a part of our legacy?  Will our greatest potentials be untapped until we are in the ground?  Will we allow our entire lives to pass us by before we take the opportunity to do something that touches eternity?

This is one of the best parts (to me) about my faith.  I know that if I am serving the Lord where He has called me to be, then I am touching eternity.  I am touching eternity by ministering to my husband; modeling what real love looks like to my children.  I hope I am leaving a legacy for my kids of a mother that (although incredibly flawed) is faithful to what she believes.  Being a mother that is kind and gracious and patient, but also gently guiding my children to become better humans and ultimately, pointing them to Jesus.  That is the legacy that I desire.

This quote also reminded me how short our lives here on earth are; James 4:14 says:

14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

Um, okay.  We forget how small we are.  We are significant, because we are made in His image, but we are small.  Our lives are small and they can only have lasting impact (a legacy, great potential) if we are submitted to Christ.  This speaks to me so loudly about this season that I’m in right now.

May your potential be great & your legacy be also,

Autumn

Sundays & First World Problems

Sundays & First World Problems

 

So the plan for Sundays here at J&J is basically to share something that spoke to me from the sermon on Sunday morning.  Before I get into it, I’ll do a little “ten things you may not know” in regards to my faith, my church, and my walk with the Lord!

  1. I began my walk with the Lord at the age of 6, in a bathtub of all places.
  2. My dad is a pastor, but contrary to popular belief, I do NOT know every answer and it doesn’t automatically mean I was a wild child (although I definitely went through that phase).
  3. I did not get baptized in a traditional baptistery, but in a creek (it was backwoods Louisiana, y’all)
  4. My church’s official affiliation is Southern Baptist, however, I’d consider myself more “non-denominational”
  5. I have a heart for kids, so I volunteer in Nursery & in AWANA (on Wednesday nights).

Now that you know a little about my “religious” (ugh, hate that word) history, let’s get into it.

Today, my pastor preached on Matthew 28:16-20 & Acts 1:3-11.  He talked about how so often we put the emphasis on our kingdom vs His Kingdom.  We’re so worried about our houses and our cars.  About our clothes and our food.  About our careers and even our kids.  I know for me, my main ministry (and current “career”, if you will), is raising my children and even that can become an idol.  I can get so caught up in making sure that my kids are “happy” (i.e. comfortable, never challenged to learn or do new things), that I can forget to lead by example by living out “The Great Commission”.  It is literally EVERY believer’s job to play show and tell with this world.  Show them love (REAL, unfettered, unbiased love) and tell them about Jesus Christ and what He has done and can do.

He also spoke about how sometimes, we think that we are so much better off than places like Haiti, where believers live much harder lives, but in reality, our prosperity is often what cripples our walk with the Lord.  Christianity is so comfortable here in the US, that every little thing that doesn’t go our way tends to seem like a “trial”.  He said this and it really stuck out to me:

a real #FirstWorldProblem: Jesus is NOT first, He is last.

Talk about a mic drop.  This was SO convicting to me.  I am so busy with everything else and so easily distracted, that I often allow Christ to fall from the forefront of my mind and heart.  My attitude is so easily swayed by little things that inconvenience me that I forget that, in the end, the only thing that truly matters is Jesus.  His will, His way, His Word.  So, going into this week, that is going to be my goal: to do my very best to keep Him first.  I’m thinking of praying each morning in my quiet time for the Lord to show me a scripture for each day that can help me remember to do that.  I’ll probably be writing those scriptures on my hand, because, let’s be real hashtag mom brain.

Love & Sips,

Autumn