Here I am… It’s Thursday and it’s relatively normal. Whatever “normal” means. I’m going about my day, thinking about things, working, mostly thinking about things.
What do I think about you might ask? Nothing really important, probably the same things you think about. Life, family, work, the upcoming weekend, the upcoming trips I’m forced to take.
My life is terribly mundane and boring for the most part. And I’m thankful for that.
I have an amazing wife. (Jen, did you catch that). I have four children that love me and I love them. It’s still a thrill for me when I come home and the two little ones yell out, “Daaaaad!” And then run toward and almost knock me over with their 35-pound frames.
Life is good, as they say…
Oh, sure I suppose Jen and I wrangle a little bit over a thing or two, but nothing serious. Eventually, she recognizes that I was right. 😉 After 27 years and 258 days of marriage, we have things mostly figured out.
As I’m thinking about what to say today, I thought, “you know, I’ve got it good”. Since my blogging reboot, I’ve tried to be “positive”, “devotional” and mostly up-beat. Christianity should be “up-beat”, and full of joy, so when I’m thinking about how to apply biblical truths to everyday life I think about stuff, or I think about the Bible and say, “how does this apply?”
I could go a dozen directions here but let’s borrow a phrase and live a victorious life, but not in the way you might think. I don’t mean, the promises of health, wealth and material possessions until all your personal desires have been fully satisfied. Let’s be a little more theologically correct than that and besides if that’s your benchmark you’ll never make it.
Victorious living comes in the person of Christ through redemption bought and paid at the foot of a bloody cross. It is here our salvation has been purchased. It is here we can rejoice at the mundane-ness of life, at the beauty in the simplicity of living with those you love and you are thankful for every breath you’ve been given. I don’t need more “stuff” to experience that.
I and you can rejoice even when it’s not always going so well. Because the victory is already won.
Be gracious to me, O LORD! See my affliction from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death, that I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation. – Psalm 9:13-14
The psalmist was victorious even in his affliction. I’m not here to paint the perfect picture of my family and say it’s the “be all end all” of the substance of my life. Yes, that is a wonderful blessing, but he points to something even better. Salvation.
If something happens to my picture perfect family unit, I above all have Christ. I love my family, don’t misunderstand me here, but Christ is my greatest treasure. And what’s so awesome and cool, is that my wife says the same thing.