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THE SNOW GLOBE LIFE

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

THE SNOW GLOBE LIFE

The previous blog that mentioned Relient K's "Let it Snow Baby... Let it Reindeer" inspired me to post this blog.

A while back I was taking a walk down a street by my house (yes walking, not running or jogging in any form, shape, or fashion) reflecting on snow globes. I’m serious. Snow globes with no swirling snow are just boring. To give them life you gotta shake up’em up a bit.  I thought of how my life, particularly my walk with Jesus, gets a lot like a boring, snowless snow globe. I get lazy, detached, and complacent.  My prayers get shallow and monotonous. My walk with Jesus becomes routine and religious. Worship becomes a duty instead of a delight. My joy, my peace, my passion for Christ just sort of settles to the bottom, if you know what I mean.

Then God comes along and sees my snow-globe life.  A life that has settled for attending Church, golf-clapping the birth of Jesus, cheering for my presents, keeping my quiet times, praying on the run, and not cussing.  It's a life that hasn't been stirred up in a while. Bored, and boring to God.  

So God takes my life and shakes it up a bit  (sometimes a shake, other times a jolt).  He does it through a crisis, a challenge, a concern, or a miracle.  And just as a snow-globe becomes alive inside when shaken, so do I.  Boredom becomes passion again.  Prayers become pleas again.  Laziness becomes neediness again. Worship becomes WORSHIP again.  Jesus becomes relationship instead of religion again. The adventure, beauty, and joy of our salvation is best seen before God and others when things get shaky and we trust the One doing the shaking.

So let it snow baby!

FYI: Sometimes I post the same blogs on JFH as I do on my personal site. Sometimes I don't. I share more personal stories and experiences on my personal site (such as having violent hiccups, the art of splitting wood, traumatizing my four year old's pre-kindergarten class, and so forth). These stories and experiences are usually weird and funny (at least that's what I'm told). Would love for you to check it out.  www.jarrodjones.com

           
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