This is the post where I
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Write on the wild side –unabashedly
Over at Lisa-Jo’s.
For five minutes time.
Without editing or backtracking
On one word alone:
When it comes to being picked, no one wants it. It’s the greatest dread in junior high phys ed, I’m certain.
Crazy how some things never change over time.
I remember once our Youth Pastor attempted to put a Junior High spin on Matthew 20:16
“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
He tried to encourage us to not worry so much about it…I wish I could say it helped. That I took his words to heart.
But that is one thing that has, over time, changed as I’ve begun to figure out this upside down Kingdom of Grace more and more.
Friends, sometimes I think God wants us to be last because it has the best view.
It’s from the back we get to see His glory unfold. Watch His Majesty in action.
It’s when we’ve suffered that we truly see the simplest blessings as the greatest gifts.
It’s how we learn to lay our lives down, pick up His cross and follow His lead.
And in Upside-down Kingdom fashion, being last by no means means we linger behind. No. We still strive, and push, and run and race our hearts out towards that finish line — Paul was right. But what we realize along the way is no matter how hard or how fast or how well we run, we’ll never beat Him to the punch.
You see, Jesus picked us first.
And finally I see clearly… I can now say wholeheartedly:
“Thank You, Jesus…for making me last by choosing me first.”
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