There is no more exciting way to live than just "blowin' in the wind" ...that wind of the Holy Spirit I wrote about yesterday. Never know where He is going to take you next or who He is going to blow across your path...sometimes it's just a gentle breeze....sometimes those 50mph gusts throw you for a loop....once in a while you swear you are in the middle of a hurricane...but I wouldn't trade it for anything resembling the way I used to live....nothing.
The bible has a whole lot to say about building and rebuilding things....but, for whatever reason, we just don't get it. The Lord says that unless He builds it...all our labor is in vain. Still we run around like crazy building things and asking the Lord to bless what we build. I remember when I was running around like crazy all over the roof as a Union Roofer....desperately trying to stay busy. My boss was not happy with me. I became the brunt of many jokes....especially two pet phrases they used all the time. "Do something Wolff....even if it's right!" "Don't just do something..
Whenever I see something...first thing I want to do is tell the whole world... if something grabs me...I need to tell somebody... that is both a good thing and a bad thing....because what I have seen is some facet of a beautiful diamond called Truth. It can be a bad thing because I haven't had time to make it real in my life..... it can be a good thing because it is still truth!
I couldn't have a relationship with Ellen if there was no entrance into her heart. She took the chance and opened the door of her heart to me so I could enter into a relationship.
I have a very special relationship with Ellen. We have been friends for over 40 years now. I met her the year before I met the Lord. Being a total reprobate and womanizer, it was a completely new experience meeting a woman who I just enjoyed being around....just talking....communicating...telling stories....she became a friend. Back then I had no frame of reference for a relationship like that with a woman. My friends were males...not females! She became my very best friend...and remains my very best friend.We have this very special relationship.
I think the first time I ever heard that expression I was reading the biography of Hudson Taylor...a missionary.... what seems like ages ago.... to China. He talked about how Jesus literally wanted to live His life in us. We had to simply make the decision to exchange our life for His life....and then learn to live in that exchanged life....not learning a bunch of rules or trying to imitate His example or somehow bootstrap our way through life and hope we can be a good person....but allowing His life to work its way into ours and replace it....it is called the exchanged life!
Promised to complete this Musing. It is based on this quote from Wayne Jacobsen...
“It’s not about teaching; it’s about living. Learn to live this life and you’ll find no end of folks to share it with. Teach it first, however, and that will be your substitute for living it.”
Amazing how the Lord does this stuff.....You read something (hear something...see something)....then you talk about....or write about it like I did yesterday....and it just starts rolling around in your head....it won't leave you until you do something with it. That's what happened with this one from Wayne Jacobsen that I quoted yesterday..... "It’s not about teaching; it’s about living. Learn to live this life and you’ll find no end of folks to share it with.
I am sitting here again thinking about that word...relationship. The word has actually been consuming me for a while now....then I had my relational birthday the other day....and it just keeps buzzing in me. The more I think about all the people the Lord has passed thru our lives, the more mushy I get. Some just touches....others we walk with very closely....very regularly getting together.
I decided to have, what I am referring to as, a relational birthday today. I guess I can have any kind of birthday that I want to have...especially when one has had as many birthdays as I have.... :)
When you get to 73 of them you think about things like half your high school graduating class has already died....you think about death and dieing a lot more than you do at 23! I stopped getting the daily newspaper so I wouldn't waste all that time zipping over to the obits to see how many people had died that were younger than me.