Monday, April 18, 2011

When The Story Changes

We baptized more people yesterday.  Each time I participate in an individual's life by baptizing them, I learn more about the power of Christ as they tell their own story about what was and now what is through the gift of being made new in the continual work of love, grace, forgiveness, and healing.   Over time, I have learned the changes that occur through life in Christ, not only changes our story but the stories of whoever our life touches, wherever we live and work.
Part of being made new means that our "newness" is woven in every aspect of life, including our values and purpose of living, the things we do or never do, and in the generations to come.  There is the one thing, the power of the life of Christ in us, that changes history and the future. 
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water'" (John 7:38, NASB).

The stuff of life takes us to many places, but Christ made it clear that when we believe in Him, there is a power, described as rivers of living water, that changes every place of our life.  The very first moment we experience Christ, the power of Living Water moves within us, causing others to pay close attention to what we have received, a new life.
The thing is . . . when an individual has what we all want, living with a connection to God, living beyond the good and the bad stuff that comes at us, living with so much energy and passion that life is an obvious gift . . . the story is worth living and telling about each day.
It's not like anything else, it's not only a moment in time, but an ongoing-interactive-connecting relationship with Christ, who was and is Life.  We are made to experience life  the way Christ lived, with passion for every moment, loving and serving all, changing stories along the way.

Learning to Kickstart the day with a changed story,

(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)