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I don’t want to be a pumpkin!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Preschoolers are a wealth of insight aren’t they? I had an interesting experience with my almost three-year-old daughter today. (Brenda turns 3 on the 22nd.) On our way to preschool this morning Bren was visibly upset. That’s unusual for her, because she loves preschool. I asked her what was wrong.

She told me she didn’t want to be turned into a pumpkin. We’re still trying to figure out how the idea that someone might turn her into a pumpkin entered her mind. This wasn’t a passing fancy though. When I picked her up this afternoon the idea that someone might turn her into a pumpkin was still bothering her.

As I was laying her down for be tonight, she emphatically reminded me that she wanted to be “just Brenda” she didn’t want to be a pumpkin. I, of course, reassured her that all she ever had to be was Brenda because that was who God made her to be.

That started me thinking though. How many of us would rather be pumpkins? Okay none of us aspires to be a vegetable but somewhere between 3 and 30 the desire to be “just Brenda” changes and we start desiring to be something different. For many people it’s a specific someone different. For others the difference doesn’t matter just as long as it’s different. We want someone to turn us into a pumpkin. We’re tired of being “just Brenda.”

What’s your pumpkin? For me it changes pretty regularly. Every time I go to a conference, or pick up a good book, or listen to a good podcast I find a new pumpkin. I’m one of those that has a specific pumpkin in mind and I see it all over the place.

That’s part of my problem. I see pumpkins all over the place and I wrestle with being “just Bryon.” Yet, the best thing I can be is “just Bryon” because that’s exactly what God created me to be. I’m in the process right now of wrestling through what it means to be “just Bryon.” I’m tired of looking at pumpkins and asking God to change me into one. I’m committing myself to being “just Bryon.” Being a pumpkin won’t fulfill me but being “just Bryon” can lead me to the abundant life that Jesus promised.

What about you. Have you figured out what it means to be “just you?” Are you happy being “just you” or are you trying to get someone to turn you into a pumpkin? If God wanted you to be a pumpkin he would have made you one. He made you to be you. Be “just you!” Be the best “just you” you can be!

Journaling

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

I’ve gotten into a bit of a rut lately. For the past couple of years I’ve been journaling devotional thoughts about the passage of Scripture that I read that morning. That has gotten a little stale for me. It’s become too much of a mental excercise. I’m trying to liven things up a bit. The past two days I’ve written out a prayer as if it were a letter to God. It’s been a much more positive experience. Anyone have any other thoughts regarding journaling?

1 John 2

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

The teaching in 1 John chapter 2 is a familiar yet hard teaching. Following Jesus is all about love. True love. The God kind of love. I know when I’m experiencing this kind of love because I can feel my heart expand in my chest. I thank God that I’m experiencing this kind of love more and more towards more and more people. But, I don’t experience it often or consistent enough. I don’t because the corollary to experiencing this kind of love is denying the false loves in our lives. Too often I love stuff, or how people think of me and I pursue those kinds of love. That’s not God love. That love originates in me, finds fulfillment in me, and glorifies me. Ultimately this selfish love, this sin, cannot be fulfilled because it is forever seeking more of the same and it devalues me because it pulls me away from the only true source of fulfillment and value. I need to reject it and remove that love from my life and allow God to replace it with His love, so that I can have a more intimate relationship with him and be a more committed follower of Jesus.