Our goal during Life Season, January 1 - February 25, 2020
Becoming more alive and more grateful to be alive; letting life spill over from our lives to others.
To SYNC with the rhythm of life and creation means that we dance to that "Life Rhythm," gratefully and joyfully playing our role in God's world. How?
Celebrate the beauty of creation and the joys of life--music, food, family, friends. Watch a nature documentary. Look out your window. Pass out hugs. Don't become work-driven or money-driven. Don't push yourself 24/7.
Honor the gift of life and the Giver of life. Take care of your body. Protect and enrich the lives of others, since God created them all. Never be the person going against the Creator's intentions.
Honor creation. We have far more reason to do that than people who do not believe in a Creator. We believe in a God who owns everything because he created it, so let's "out-green" the "Greens" who don't believe that. Green (plants) and blue (water) are the colors of the SYNC icon for Life Season.
All this comes naturally and makes sense as a way of life if we embrace the opening chapter of the Bible, realizing we are in a good world created by a good God and we have a good part to play in the life of the world.
Moving with the Life Rhythm - letting it move you; living it out
God our Creator, we marvel at your creativity and your goodness! What a world we are in! What a universe!
Thank you so much that we get to be here at all. And thank you that we have a good role to play to bring your life to those who are under attack by the forces of death.
SYNC us with your plan to bring life, beauty, and joy to all creation. Let us know your goodness inside and overflow with your life.
Living as life-bringers
As we realize that God is the Source of life and that we are part of his strategy to protect and promote life, we start seeing ourselves differently. We realize that we are bundles of conflicting desires, some that promote life and some that work against it, even against our own lives sometimes. We quit grabbing for all the life we can get, and we quit comparing our lives to others. We accept each day of life and each blessing of life as a gift, not a right. And we pray prayers like this:
Of course, God did not make us his life-bringers because we were any better than anyone else to start with or because we worked hard and earned this privilege somehow. We only got the privilege because we have said "Yes" to the biggest life-bringer of all, Jesus the Messiah.
Jesus hammered one main point about life. It was his signature tune, and it is routinely missed by people who think they know what he taught. His central message is not,
"Live a good life,"
"Live a more religious life," or
"Here's how to make sure you have life after death."
His message is that God's "world" (or God's "kingdom") is arriving in our world, taking life here to a new level. When we hear that good news, we are supposed to drop everything else and welcome it with open arms.
That is what it means to be alive--welcoming what Jesus announced. We call that "SYNCing" with Jesus and his strategy, seeing ourselves in Christ. If we are in Christ, the Life-bringer, we also become life-bringers.