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Immeasurably More!

Have you seen the new commercial by a well-known do-it-yourself store when a couple rushes into a big house where the walls are covered with nothing but white paper?

They are both carrying markers and when they draw the outline of an object on the blank wall it immediately pops into reality. A new appliance, some pieces of hardware, a new window or door.

As a guy with a carpentry background who struggles to complete remodeling projects on our old farm-house in a timely fashion I would love one of those magic markers.

But the point of the commercial is that this particular do-it-yourself store can take whatever you imagine and make it real. How cool is that?! But I’ve got one better.

In his letter to the Ephesians the Apostle Paul prays for them to be rooted and established in love and able to fully grasp the width, length, height and depth of the love of Christ. Then he makes this amazing statement:

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. ~ Ephesians 3:20-21

Paul has own unique way with words. How do you calculate “immeasurably more”? Whatever it is, God can do it with whatever we ask or imagine.

Obviously, this is not a promise to satisfy our own wants and desires. And our ability to imagine tends to grow smaller as we age. But in keeping with God’s kingdom purposes, what can you imagine God accomplishing?

  • Healing for a wreaked marriage?
  • Boldness to share the hope of Christ with those who don’t know Him?
  • Wisdom and grace for parents dealing with a rebellious child?
  • Real peace for a heart troubled with worry?
  • Freedom from addictions or sinful habits?
  • Better choices made by a rebellious child?
  • The hard-hearted person finally opening up to receive God’s gift of grace?
  • Character and integrity in those who serve in our government?
  • Courage to forgive those who have hurt us?
  • A renewed love of God for those who claim Jesus as Lord?

God delights to bring all manner of new life and restored hope because He loves us more than we can begin to fathom. The question is…

… what is it that we ask God for or imagine Him doing?

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© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.

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I wonder…?

Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882...

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The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. (Image to the right is a Lithograph of that first event). It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.

The September date was chosen as Cleveland was concerned that aligning an American labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair. All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.

The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations,” followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement. (Wikipedia)

You may have already known all about Labor Day and it’s origins but I was curious. So I checked it out on Wikipedia. I didn’t know how far back it went or about the connection to the death of workers. Sort of ironic that we can be so vested in celebrating and enjoying a special holiday without fully understanding where it came from or how it got started.

Maybe it’s just in our nature since we do this same thing with other areas of life such as our walk with God and our church gatherings. Why do we believe what we do? Why do we hold to certain truths and yet miss others that are just as obvious in God’s word? Why do we hold to certain church practices convinced that they are the correct way to do it? And why do we get so defensive about such things?

We seem to rely a lot on church or denominational traditions and personal preferences rather than simply allowing God’s word to guide us. What would be different if we simply took God at His word?

I wonder…?

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How big is the toy box?

Is it a new glass table? No! Is it a new display case? No! Is it modern art? No!

It is the world’s largest Etch A Sketch and it is on display from May 8th to August 1st at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. How can you not be impressed?

The other day I did something silly and a friend commented, “Rick Alvey, you’re never going to grow up are you?”

To which I replied, “Nope. Me and Peter Pan.”

I hate that we lose our awareness to play and have fun as we get older. I’m as guilty of that as the next person. But I am thankful that folks, like those who built this huge toy, constantly remind us that we’re all kids at heart.

So whatever you’re doing today, I hope you take the time to play and have fun somehow. Play Peter Pan every chance you get!

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