February #jammed: Dunked in Grace
Day 51: Chipped but not forgotten.
One look down at my chipped nail polish shows the wear of years on my hands. I always loved painting them when I was younger, and remember trucking up caboodles full of polish to my family’s boat each weekend. At one point in my post collegiate life, I actually had tips that I would fill each week. The click clack on the computer keys used to be like music to my ears.
Mom-life has a way of changing things we fail to notice until our kids are no longer consuming as much of our time. Everything I’d forgotten about in the blissfull years of infancy and toddflerdom had really just been on pause. I had the same talents, same gifts, same loves. A little older and wiser and heart-filled, and not minding at all that my nails are a hot mess.
Priscilla and Aquila wore years of service to Paul in the name of Christ. When the preacher in today’s verse came past their line of site, it was their wisdom that alerted them to service. Apollos, the “him” in today’s verse, seems well intentioned in following Christ but he doesn’t have his facts about Jesus completely straight. This couple took the time to fill in the gaps.
In a world of cell phones, Internet access and social media, its difficult for us to relate to the slow traveling of ancient information. Apollos came from the city where the Old Testament was translated into the Greek. The word nerd in me wonders if this couple jumped at the chance to feel a little bit closer to God’s Living Word. And yet, having experienced Jesus on a more personal level, they were able to testify to It’s Living Truth.
When it’s our time to stop and reflect at the majority of life that’s passed, let’s aim to be like these servants of Christ: “All the Women of the Bible” states:
They Were One in Marital Bliss
They Were One in the Lord
They Were One in Secular Occupation
They Were One in Their Friendship for Paul
They Were One in Their Profound Knowledge of Scripture
They Were One in the Service of the Church
A life’s pursuit of Christ is not always going to look perfect. We won’t always notice our nails are chipped until we look down to see them. But the body of Christ can come alongside each other in love with teachable hearts as the wisdom of God’s Word is revealed in His perfect time.
Father, Praise You, for raising up spiritual leaders in our lives. Thank You for their love of You that they share with us. Bless us, Lord, with humble hearts open to question and coaching from You. Bless all those who aim to speak on Your behalf with the Words of truth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Who is your spiritual mentor and why? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace!
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