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If you’re not on-line reading this, it’s Michael Buble singing “Feeling Good”.
Seriously, how can you not love this guy? I’m a straight male, but I have no trouble jumping into that pool. Dude’s the whole package. He’s off the meter cute. He’s charming, smart, and uber talented. It’s on my bucket list. Sometime before the busyness of my world is forever hushed, I’m going to find Buble, tell him I’m Canadian too, and plant a big ol kiss right smack on his forehead.
First thing you think when you hear this song is "This guy is really happy. I’ll have some of what he’s having”.
Why is he so happy? Simple. Because he recognizes that there will be good days ahead. What's past is past, and today brings a second chance. The world, and your life, is full of new possibilities.
Which also happens to be at the heart of Jesus’ message. Not only did Jesus say “Look and see, I will make all things new” (Rev 21:5), he lived it out. Jesus transformed people from hopelessness to hope. From heartache to happiness. He may as well have said Buble’s lyrics himself, because that’s a huge part of what Jesus is about.
“It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new life, and I’m feeling . . . (cue the horns) . . . . GOOD.
Oftentimes, here’s our response. “Look, I wanna be glass half full as much as anybody, but look at the world. Look at the corruption, and the greed, and the COVID. It’s just not credible. To quote Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, ‘It’s a dark world baby.’ That’s the reality of life and it’s not going to change. I’m not thinking about new possibilities, I’m thinking about new ways to survive.”
For Jesus, new life is possible. In any situation. It’s more than possible, it’s a promise. Whatever the size of your storm, Jesus can calm it. However frozen a heart is, the breath of God will bring the warmth it needs to start pumping again.
“How can the dead come back to life?” people asked the apostle Paul. He pointed outside the window to the miracle of springtime. Perfect timing for us, because we’re in that week of May where everything just erupts. The earth will be so green over the next few days that your eyes will have trouble adjusting to the new reality.
Paul says “God is sending you a symbol. God creates green out of brown. Flowers out of buds. Warmth from cold. If God brings this new life to the natural world, year after year, without fail, what more will God do for you?” (1 Corinthians 15:37)
Well played Paul. Well played.
Over the next few blogs, here’s the question I’d like you to put on your table. “What’s God going to grow in my life?” I have to say, it’s one of the most exciting questions you could ever ask.
For today, the first step toward answering that question is this. Get to know Jesus. Surround yourself in the teachings and in the person of Jesus and you will see the world, and your life, in a brand new way.
I know. Sounds less dramatic than you might have imagined. No earthquake and thunder clap. No James Earl Jones narrating the hand of God coming down out of the sky.
As simple as it seems, getting to know Jesus is how it all started with the first followers of Jesus. They were simply introduced to a man who gave them of whole new way of seeing their lives and the world around them. And then they got to know him. And everything changed.
Kimberley has these glasses that she wears. They fit over her prescription glasses and have huge, wide, yellow lenses. They look like something out of the Jetsons. But when it’s dark and rainy, and she’s driving, or jogging, she puts them on, and she says “everything brightens up.” It’s a whole new world. They change the way she sees.
Jesus says “I want you to learn to look through my eyes. It will give you a new way of seeing the world. The only way to do that is to get to know me.”
Have you ever seen those videos where little kids who are deaf hear for the first time? Or people who have been blind see for the first time? The expression on their faces, of joy, is unforgettable. They’ve discovered a new life, a whole new world. Check this out: Click here
There is a beggar on the side of the road, calling out to Jesus. The disciples say “stop your yelling, you’re a bother.” But Jesus stops, and they say “why are you wasting your time with him?” And he says “whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me.” Jesus touches the man, tells him he is loved, and the blind man receives sight.
Perhaps more miraculous, the disciples do too. They begin to see in a new way. They see now, for the very first time, that when love is shared, particularly with the lowest, the smallest, the weakest among us, miracles happen.
What is God going to grow in your life? Get to know Jesus and you’ll find out. He offers you a chance to look through his eyes. Through that window lies a whole new life.
It’s even better than 20 degrees, sunshine, and blinding greenness as far as the eye can see.