1 Thessalonians 2:11 As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, 12 urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
I continue to be amazed at how people do not change. Nearly 2,000 years after Paul wrote this letter, parents continue to urge and encourage and plead that their children will live a life worthy of their talents. I suppose God looks at us, His children, and sees in each person qualities and talents we are not using to the best of our abilities, and through families and communities of faith urges and encourages and pleads for each person to live a life worthy of being a child of God. When we look at another person and see their God given abilities and urge and encourage and plead, we help build the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.
Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers – all things have been created through him and for him.
At the Grand Canyon I learned that the Hopis considered this geographic feature so spiritual it is beautiful to behold. The layers in the rock proclaim a grand history of God creating the world so we might marvel at all the things created in preparation for our time in creation. So that we might recognize God working in us and through us and through our leaders. So that all of creation might work in harmony of God’s eternal plan.
Psalm 147:7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre. 8 He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills.
I like watching the rain. I think of the rain as God baptizing the earth, cleansing it for new growth. As the grass becomes green this time of year it becomes easy to smile as new life bursts forth from the ground that a few days before had been hard and cold. Spring flowers burst forth glowing with the sun. The Psalmist reminds us to turn our smiles into melodies, our melodies into songs of thanksgiving to the Lord for the renew of life.