Now I know what you’re thinking as you look at this picture – this is going to be a rubbish blog! But please stick with me, don’t leave yet, it might actually be one you want to copy and make clippings of.
To be serious, now – I was surprised this morning at how excited I felt when I heard the rumbling of the wheels on our new Garden Waste bin and saw it being delivered. So much so that I posted it on Facebook. Now it’s good to share things that excite us with others but I am a bit worried that this is going a bit far. Maybe what I should have posted was how excited I was at the amazing bowling performances of Messrs Archer, Woakes and Curran in the One Day International against Australia yesterday which turned a certain defeat into an amazing victory; or maybe I could have mentioned my excitement at seeing the new-look Chelsea team in action tonight against Brighton (no calls will be answered between 7.30 and 10pm). Or maybe, just maybe, I could have posted something about my faith that excites me – the love of God that endures for ever; the truth that my sins are forgiven and I’m adopted as a child of God through my faith in Jesus…
The truth is, quite often we get more excited about things that are pretty trivial, peripheral even, than we do about the really important things in life. Why is that? (answers on a postcard or email please). In fact it’s not just about not posting things that excite us about our faith is it – it’s talking about them, and sharing them, too – in church, and with other Christians, never mind people who don’t share our faith.
This week I want to set us a challenge. Every day, think of something that has excited you, and note it down. It could be your new Garden Waste bin, or it could be a miracle in your life. At the end of the day, give thanks to God for that thing, or those things – and then let someone else know about it/them (including me). The more we get into the habit of thanking God for things, the more we will see Him providing for us, the more excited we will get about what He is doing, an the more we will want to share that with others – and now more than ever before people need to hear some good news. I thank God for getting excited about the bin – not just because we have too much garden rubbish at the moment – I thank Him for the enjoyment of watching the cricket last night, and for the anticipation of the football tonight. But most of all I thank Him for His love for me, demonstrated in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, His Son.
What gets you excited about God, and what can you give thanks for this week?
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1v17)