Earthen Vessels

Earthen Vessels

9/1/2016

This is my first attempt to do a video blog. To be honest, I’ve rather apprehensive. I like to brain storm and develop and outline and write out what I want to say in a very organized and efficient way as to not miss any points I want to make. And a lot of my writing is the way it is because that’s how I approach it; very professionally. But I am honestly not always very professional. Despite the topics I cover here, I’m not always serious. I thrive in spontaneity but that is not seen in my writing. Anyone who knows me, knows I am humorous and quick-witted, constantly doing a play on words for a cheap laugh. That’s never seen in my writing because my professionalism takes over. Maybe that’s a good thing, but I think maybe it is keeping an aspect of me from those who read what I publish.

I was inspired by Jeff Walker, who does a weekly video blog and he seems completely unscripted and spontaneous, and still published his videos, even with errors in it. That might not be professional, but it is authentic, and that speaks to me more than professionalism.

So, this video I didn’t script out or have an outline. I just had an idea and hit ‘record’. There is an error on how I pronounce a word, but I left it in there. Don’t judge me.

Sometimes the weight of the world is heavy on our shoulders. Sometimes I feel like there is too much pressure. Sometimes I feel like the world is just passing me by. Life is just going and I’m kind of just catch in the current, flowing down the river. It makes me want to escape to a place like this; a place of serenity. There’s not noise, no distraction, no demands.

Maybe you’ve felt like that.

2 Corinthians chapter 4 says, “For God, who said, ‘let there be light in darkness,’ has made this light shine in our hearts, so we can know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts. But we ourselves are like fragile clay jars, containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

Now, the next part of this passage is pretty popular and before I go there, I want to emphasis that part. Because sometimes we let the weight of the world weigh us down and it makes us want to run and hide and escape. But that’s not we’re designed to do. It says we are like fragile clay jars. We’re like earthen vessels, in another translation. We are fragile, but what’s in us makes is what us strong. What’s in us makes us persevere. It doesn’t make us want to flee. It makes us want to be right there, in the purpose that we were created to be; created to operate in.

So, it goes on to say, “we are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.”

So let me just encourage you today that even though you might be distracted, you might be perplexed, you might be crushed on every side, do not despair. You are not despaired. You are not crushed. You are you are not abandoned. You are not hunted down. All these things might seem like they are everything, they might seem like the most significant thing, but let me tell you, greater is He who is in you, and you can persevere. For you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

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