This morning, I reflected on two words that may actually be the most dangerous words for any individual in the world, “I was.” I was kind. I was interested in participating in the group. I was younger. I was a size 10. I was really angry. I was so sick. I was so thrilled. I was mistreated. I was the most important person to them. I was highly favored and appreciated.
A million other examples could be given but whether the “was” above is positive or negative it still was! Growing older, I am more and more aware that it is a rare moment that younger people in my life want to hear about what was. As I thought about that, it occurred to me that some Bible verses may exist where Jesus said, “I was.” The only ones that stick in my mind use the phrase “I am.” “I am the way the truth and the life.” “For lo I am with you at all times and forever.” “I am the bread of life.” “I am here that you might have life.” “I am going away so the comforter may come.”
What people want to know is what the truth is right now. I am kind. I am interested in sharing with group activities. I am young and seeking the next adventure. I am happy. I am well. I am often treated with kindness. I am humbled by the favor of God that causes another person to look to me for wisdom and encouragement. I am fighting the good fight of faith along with my friends by filling my mind with the Word of God and saying it out loud when trials come. I am.
Amazing Grace is not only the most universal Hymn ever written, it is the fuel we receive every morning to define our day. Without God’s mercy there is no forgiveness for yesterday’s sin; no hope for positive changes in our health, state of mind, or finances today; without grace there is no opportunity to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit guiding my every action as I get up and walk through my day. Each of us will live a more productive and satisfying life if we start each day renewing our initial vows to God the moment we became a Christian. Acknowledge our need for Him. Receive His forgiveness and mercy. Speak out loud about our relationship with Him to others and give Him glory.
Lamentations 3:22-23a (NIV)
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning…….