Natural beauty

Today I did something different— I ate breakfast on the dining room table, all by myself. The room is beautiful in the morning— one side is open and through the glass I can see the birds flying and the squirrels scurrying around.

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The sun is just peaking off the top of the neighbor’s house, and between the leaves of my trees, the shimmering light glistens through the window—what a breathtaking sight! It is mornings like this that I especially feel God’s presence. I think about all the natural beauty in this world and I am filled with awe. What a wonderful Creator He is!

Psalm 19:1-4 says,

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.
 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.”

Then I thought about this Scripture verse, “…ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God” (Rom 1:20).

How can somebody see all this beauty and not acknowledge God?

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti

Goals

I know I’ve been running/jogging/walking 6+ miles for only a few days now, but I’ve made a goal of running a ½ marathon next year. This is a pretty big goal for me because I’ve never liked running, in fact I was on the Cross Country team in high school only because my goal was to join a sport every season and that was the sport for that particular season (I only placed once– #20).

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This whole idea of having goals made me think about these words spoken by Jesus in Matthew 5:48, “… you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect”; but how can we be perfect if Romans 3:10 says, “…No one is righteous— not even one”? It made me realize that our goal is to be perfect—the way God is perfect. Not that we would ever be completely perfect, but that’s what our end goal should be.

It’s not the kind of perfection that exudes pridefulness (“I’m perfect, and you’re not”)—it’s more like being so much like Jesus that we can imitate him perfectly. Just as I have a goal to run a longer distance, I should also have the goal of being a perfect imitator of Christ. I think these are good goals.

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti

Uncomfortable

I had such a hard time getting up this morning. I knew I had to workout today but all I wanted to do was go back to sleep. I had to gather all the will power I had inside of me to get dressed and go on the treadmill. Sometimes I feel the same way about going to church or doing ministry.

I had the best workout so far– ran/jogged 6.2 miles in 70:38 minutes (I want to run a 10K in May). Ran/jogged a total of 6.92 miles in 80:01 minutes. It made me realize that we have to break out of what is comfortable. This morning I was comfortable in my warm bed. On days when I have church or when I have some kind of ministry to do, I often feel like staying at home where I am cozy; but it seems that when I muster the will power to go then I am blessed by the experience. I came across Romans 12:11 today, “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically” (NLT).

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I know that I will have days when I will want to be comfortable again, but I hope that I will remember the blessings I experienced when I was uncomfortable.