Just got home from a vestry meeting at church. Time purposefully spent with folks I like spending time with. And both matter. Time and people. We only have so many days on this earth. And time, not money, is our most valuable asset. Oh, and people.
Well, for sure, I learned a lot about living life fully and purposefully from watching the funeral service for Rosalynn Carter. What a remarkable woman. While there’s a lot I could write, for now I’ll just reference part of a reflection by her son, Chip.
During early years when his father, President Carter, was campaigning, sometimes Chip had to pitch in and speak before crowds. He, like many people, was terrified of public speaking. He said, “Before I had to go out front and talk, I often vomited in the bathroom. Then, one day my mother said, ‘Chip, you can do anything you want for twenty minutes except hold your breath.’ And those words still help me.”
We all have hard things to do, tough people to relate to. We’re a mix of regrets, fears and hopes. It’s part of being human. But sometimes just twenty minutes can make a world of difference.
Since we ‘re studing Ephesians in Community Bible Study, I thought about Ephesians 3:20 tonight at vestry and when I reflected on Rosalynn’s life and Chip’s story.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasureably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”
A long time ago, when I learned that verse, I put the focus on God’s power. But recently I realized God puts the focus on us. Whatever immeasureably more happens, it’s through God’s power at work within us. Well, God did a lot through Rosalynn’s life. And you and I have choices each day to trust God’s power at work within us to do” immeasureable more than all we ask or imagine.’
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m good at asking and imagining. But I’m also good at hiding in life’s bathrooms to avoid something or some one that scares me to pieces. Now, I’m daring to imagine what God can do with just twenty minutes through his power at work within me. I just need to come out of hiding.
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