Colossians 2:1-7 New International Version (NIV)
I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
Spiritual Fullness in Christ
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
ROOTED and GROUNDED in LOVE ~
You can read on in Colossians and the story continues. It speaks of Spiritually fullness in Christ. As we grow up in life, we can look back to see our foundation on which we grew up. Some homes were not rooted or grounded in love. Change happens and even within one home, kids can grow up different. Different thinking and different actions. We may drift apart or pull together. Each life is different and our choices totally matter.
Spiritually speaking ~
It has taken me time to be rooted in the word of God. It is an ongoing process of learning, growing and changing. Over time, we learn from each other as well. There are different verses of the Bible and one verse says we are to be rooted and grounded in love ~ verse 7 above. That means it takes a mind purposed to read, study and learn. Growing at different rates of life and Jesus wants us to live his word.
This is the eve before Father's Day. A lot of emotions this weekend for me. I always remember my dad and miss him even more. I remember the things he was rooted in life. He served in World War II and worked hard for our family. He went through sorrows and joys in life. He didn't grow up serving God or even most of my life. It was when I was a teenager that he became a Christian. I saw him live by faith and reading his Bible.
It was a Saturday morning about 10am that he would have a sudden heart attack and enter Heaven. It was there that our family would change and tears would come. I look back to see how my mom handled it as an adult and I am able to help others now. I was only 18 and I didn't know a lot about life and death. My dad was the first person that I knew that died. He would die inside our home and our neighbor Tom would come rushing to help. Memories for sure on this Saturday morning and Father's Day weekend. Healing tears remain and those left behind, learn to deal with a new normal.
I realize that Father's Day isn't always about sadness but some people deal with that today. Others will share a wonderful weekend with their dad and sharing laughs. Families will come together and share time. I remember this verse:
Joshua 24:15 New International Version (NIV)But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household,we will serve the Lord.”
Is also about who God connects your life with. There are spiritual dad's, mom's and family who care greatly about you. If you are reading this today and feel alone, you are not alone. God has connected you to this page to know that he loves you and cares about you. Our natural family changes at times and we are left with new normals. In your new normal, connected with a good church that teaches the Bible and lives that help you grow spiritually. Also, you can be a help to others too.
If you live in the Napa Valley and don't have a church, I want to invite you to my church: Hillside Christian Church 100 Anderson Road, Napa Ca. God connects our lives for a purpose!
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.