UNBORN WORD of the day

July 14, 2008, 10:10 pm
Filed under: Thriving Not Just Surviving!

THRIVING NOT JUST SURVIVING! – A series of reflections on living the Christian Life in a Time of Cultural Upheaval.


I moved to California when I was in my thirties and I remember being very surprised while driving to work some “winter” mornings and hearing that bad weather was coming in from the Pacific and that surfers were calling in sick so they could go out to the turbulent ocean and find big waves to ride. At the same time the weather service was telling people “stay out of the water!”.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Well we are living in turbulent times – to say the least. Actually we have been living through a cultural revolution of the first order, but many people haven’t even recognized it as such simply because they lost their moorings a long time ago and just adapt from year to year as things change. “Whatever..”

The Christian is different, he/she knows there is a bad storm all ‘round. But many Christians don’t realize that precisely because of this cultural storm we have great opportunities everyday. In fact, this is the time for us to seek out those many waves of Grace that come along every day. Individual waves of Grace which are opportunities for living the Christian life to the full!

“…but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…” (Rom 5:20).

In this series we’ll take a look at the stellar opportunities confronting Christians and the age-old wisdom of Christianity for seizing the day, each day. A spiritual guide to catching and riding these great waves of Grace in this difficult time of moral disasters. The sports networks won’t notice but: “…your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Mt 6:4).

We don’t need a “big” wave, we just need “God’s” wave of Grace, however it manifests itself to us. For as the Lord once told St. Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you…” (II Cor 12:9)

George A. Peate, July 15, 2008

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