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Five Minute Friday: Collect

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “collect.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

I’ve had many “knick-knacks” collections over the years — pansies, cows, Red Rose Tea figurines, teacups, etc — but I’m not collecting anything like that at the moment. However, this also got me thinking about what I am collecting in place of knick-knacks.

And I did come up with something that I at least I hope I’m collecting more of over the years. Maybe it is just coming up to pivotal birthday this year, maybe it is having some big decisions to make right now, or maybe it is just finishing a great book called, The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands.

But whatever the reason, I’d like to think I am collecting WISDOM at this point in my life!

You know that saying about being “older and wiser.”  Well, I truly have enjoyed getting older instead of bemoaning my youth passing me by.  So I can’t think of a better item to add to my collections than wisdom.

I can collect the wisdom that comes from sitting at the feet of those who have gone this journey ahead of me.

I can collect the wisdom that comes after learning from mistakes I have made in life.

I can collect the wisdom that comes from being open and curious to other opinions than my own and also being willing to change my position if I feel that is needed.

In all this, I am reminded with a passage of Scripture from Proverbs 2:1-11 which I’ll end with here. Let these verses help us remember that the things God values make the best collections of all!

“My son, if you accept my words
    and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
    and applying your heart to understanding—
indeed, if you call out for insight
    and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
    he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
    and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Then you will understand what is right and just
    and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
    and understanding will guard you.”

Five Minute Friday: Comfort

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “comfort.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

I love the verse about God comforting us so that we can comfort others.  I remember first reading it back in my late teens when I was going through some hard times and then, even in the midst of it all, being able to offer help to someone else I know dealing with the same thing.

It was eye-opening to me.  To realize that God wastes nothing in our life — even those times we would rather not ever go through again?!  And that He is able to use those times to shape our own lives but also to impact the lives of those around us as well.

 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God(2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV).

I love how The Message puts it too, calling this section of Scripture “The Rescue.”

3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5 MSG)

So may you have an extra measure of God’s comfort today in whatever you are dealing with right now in your life.  Yet also know that this comfort, just like God’s unfathomable love for you, is meant to be shared with the hurting world around you.