Be it resolved….

Be it resolved that I will begin to fill the blog that is on this website.  In an effort to reach out to a digital world, an extra communication with my congregation and any others who care to read what’s in the forefront of my imaginations begins today.  My goal is to write a post every week as I end my time in the office on Thursdays.  My hope is to reflect on the spiritual matters that have touched me during the previous week.

Spiritual matters is a HUGE topic.  When I consider the “spiritual” element of my life I can not separate spiritual from mental, emotional and physical.  It’s as if I have an emotionally spiritual part of my life, a mental spiritual component and a physically spiritual element that combine to form who I am as a child of God.  Another way of saying this is that for me, everything is a theological matter.  What I eat, how I treat my body, what I put into my mind (the TV show Scandal is currently one of my favorites), how I respond in my marriage is a way to express my relationship with God.  As you can see, not all things are in the spiritual place I would hope.  It’s likely that a television show that I obsessively watch about a DC lawyer and her ongoing affair with the president (trust me…Scandal is GOOD!) is not filling my mind with holy thoughts.  Maybe this is a place for reflection.

As I think about my life in a holistic way, I am drawn to Romans 12:1 & 2–“Present your bodies to God because of all He has done for you.  Let them be a living sacrifice–the kind He will find acceptable.  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”  It doesn’t work for me to only present one part of myself to God.  I’ve got to present the entire package.  I am who I am and I long to trust God enough with all of me–body, mind & emotions–as the spiritual being that I am.   I’m thankful that God accepts each of these parts of me and loves me enough to call me to change.  God knows I need it.

Here’s to presenting all of me to God…and to you.  Here’s to recognizing the need to change and at the same time accepting who I am as a beautiful child of God in this very moment.  Here’s to a wonderful week ahead, filled with endless spiritual moments!

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