22 June 2018

This 'n' That

I also drove a yellow Beetle for a time,
but the green one was better!
I used to drive a green Volkswagen Beetle. I loved that car. I mean, is there any better mode of transportation for a girl in high school? No, there isn't, or at least, there wasn't all those years ago when that girl was me. And that flower vase by the steering wheel? Oh yeah, I used it.  The best part? As a birthday present one year, my brother gifted me a personalized license plate (we lived in a state where you only had to pay the fee for a vanity plate one time, so it was really a fantastic gift). Did I mention I loved that car?

Sometimes I wish I still had that green Beetle but, like most things from my youth, it is long gone. I have a much more practical car now which, like many other things in life, is reflective of the maturing process. Over time we all mature physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Remember when you were first saved? I daresay you knew little of the doctrines of grace, and probably could not adequately articulate the marvelous grace of propitiation, justification, sanctification, adoption, or other theological beauties. All you knew was that you who were once dead in sin were now alive in Christ. You, once destined for damnation, were now heaven-bound because of the sacrificial death and triumphant resurrection of your Savior.

The maturing process never stops. In this life, we'll continue to mature physically and emotionally and, Lord willing, spiritually. It's all part of the process as we prepare to one day step from this life into the next. And while aging in this life is not often fun, what a joy it is to see our spiritual selves mature. Praise God for His sanctifying Spirit and HIs transforming Word!

Well, summer is officially here, so grab a glass of iced tea and sit back while you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • We need a High Priest.
  • Hey, ladies, the Great Commission is for us, too.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable (HT to Jennifer for the idea for this one!).
  • Some thoughts on living in, but not being of, the world.
  • Perhaps this is why we should leave wild animals alone and let them be what God created them to be: wild animals.
  • Summer is a time for reruns, but this one seemed timely.
Adoption gives us the privilege of sons, regeneration the nature of sons. —Stephen Charnock