Each week I carb up at Fresh Bread, Dan Bolin’s weekly newsletter. Dan is International Director of Christian Camping International Worldwide. For me, Dan always rings the bell. This week he quoted Oswald Chambers: “Jesus Christ became Incarnate for one purpose, to make a way back to God that man might stand before Him as He was created to do, the friend and lover of God Himself.” Then he told this story:
My friend took an odd vacation. He flew from the West Coast of the United States to mid-America, rented a truck, and drove home to California, traveling back roads. Along the way he stopped at farmhouses and negotiated good deals on broken equipment, unwanted furniture, and other discarded ‘junk.’
Once home, he spent evenings and weekends in his workshop cleaning, repairing, and restoring the discarded items. Then he sold them at a significant profit. He could see potential beauty and usefulness in what others viewed as worthless. His attention and care restored their function and attractiveness, and each piece gained immense value.
Psalm 23 is a favorite of many. The four words that start verse three are key: “He restores my soul.” God sees our potential beauty and usefulness even when others (and often ourselves) see only junk. He specializes in cleaning, repairing, and restoring our souls. That’s why we have so much to celebrate at Christmas.
The restoration of each of us hinges on Jesus coming to earth to clean us, fix us, and restore our souls, “And to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Thanks, Dan. I’ve been yammering on this for years. We wave the Hell flag to scare people into heaven; Jesus waved the Life flag, freeing his followers from empty lives this side of the grave.
Old Grandpa Lloyd