I love convicted people. Every action reflects their belief. A convicted environmentalist lives out her or his belief in ways that inspire and give me hope. In addition to the easy stuff, recycling discarded materials as an example, I see individuals paying attention to the fine print of living. Nothing is inadvertently tossed on the ground. Items discarded are always done so in a way that minimizes the impact on nature and the world at large. Items are purchased with consideration for the materials and methods used in manufacturing as well as the ongoing materials required for use and then eventual disposal. Choices and decisions of all kinds are based on a holistic framework that attempts to balance competing interests. You can see and feel the dilemma and angst when the individual faces a choice with no obvious answers. Even as I struggle with some of their core beliefs, the authenticity of their conviction is inspiring.
The reflection of their lives, in the context of a morning's new light, forces me to ask a simple question. What convictions do I hold of God and Divinity's role in my life? Are there values, priorities, and beliefs in my soul that underpin these convictions? Do my actions and steps tell a story consistent with what I believe to be true?
The wonderful aspect of a dawn is that today's story has yet to be written. Whatever our history contains, it is only part of our writings. When I see that others are telling their stories, how each “day they were in the Temple and homes, teaching and preaching Christ Jesus, not letting up for a minute” (Acts 5.42), I find myself reaching to be something more than I was. I can act on my convictions in the moment at hand.
You and I have chapters to write. We have people to share life with. We can be a difference, to others and to ourselves. Much is possible and it can start now with simply being in the presence of God. Embracing God is the beginning of the journey.
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