New Potatoes

(a one-minute read)

On the last nice day of October, before the winter rains come in earnest, I dig potatoes. Dozens of pounds of potatoes. The soil so carefully prepared yields to the fingertips. The spading fork used at the bottom of each hill is mostly for show, the soil is that good. Cleaned, but not washed, the spuds are packed carefully in their boxes, by type, between layers of straw.

Holding a potato in my hand, it is cold. Not the cold of death; it is the hand of a mittenless child. Deeply cool, but with life inside. The warmth of life stored against bitter days. Starch for the winter, fuel for the fire.

Yukon Golds, like baby ginger. Long fingerlings full of creamy tenderness. Pontiac Reds, many large enough to make an entire meal. Russets, the staple of staples.

Some of each I hold out for their eyes, for planting.

Like me, the potato is blind to the glory of its future. Yet with guidance, like me, they may see their way into becoming next year’s crop.

The Word Made Flesh

(a two minute read)

The Holy Spirit shook me awake one night to teach me about something in the fourth chapter of Proverbs. It reads:

20 My son, attend to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their body.

Here’s what He said about it: God’s word is powerful and sovereign. His word was powerful enough to create the heavens and the earth and everything in them, including you and me. He didn’t form the universe with His hands, but with His words.1

His word is authoritative and always accomplishes what He declares it will do.2

What He says, goes. One might say that God always gets the final word.3

That all-powerful and creative Word of God was made flesh in Jesus Christ.4 The Word was made flesh in Jesus, and by God’s Holy Spirit, the Word is also made flesh in us.5 What God the Father spoke, His Word, came alive in Christ and walked the earth to save you and me from our folly.6

When a Christian claims (and appropriately uses) the spiritual authority God gave us, what we see is the action of someone who is steeped in the Word, steeped in Jesus.

When she prays or teaches or makes a declaration and quotes Scripture it’s clear she knows the Word. She knows Jesus.

You’ll know that the Word is written on her heart. You’ll know that it directs and guides what she knows, says and believes. It means that an intimate relationship with Jesus is present, directing and guiding everything she knows, says and believes.

Jesus is the Word. The more we know the Word and live the Word, the more we personify Jesus and live His life through our own. This is the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

1. Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26
2. Isaiah 55:11
3. Revelation 22:13
4. John 1:14
5. John 14:15
6: Mark 10:45

The Power of a Word

(a two minute read)

What we say is powerful, perhaps more powerful than we know.

You and I are made in God’s image. So, just as His words have creative power, our words have creative power.

My words, and the ideas they contain, are planted as seeds. If they fall on good soil, and are fed and watered, there’s a harvest. If they are good seeds, a good harvest. If not – there’s trouble.

Since my words have creative power, I should be careful what I say. Not because other people will judge my words, but that God may.

Words, like actions, have consequences. They are also our offspring, and I’m responsible for them. If a minor child is in trouble with authority, isn’t the parent held responsible? So it is with words. If something I say creates trouble, or strife, or negativity, or distress, shouldn’t I carry the consequences for that word?

My words are also powerful in my own life. Do I use words to build myself up, or tear myself down? Do I proclaim myself accident-prone and then see that become a self-fulfilling prophecy? Or do I speak words of grace and dexterity over myself?

What I say about myself comes out of my secrets, the things I hold closest to my heart. My beliefs about myself. I say what I believe, and believe what I say. And it shapes me. So what’s my template?

If I myself is all I have, so as to only measure myself against myself, or – worse still – against you, my options are very limited.* But when I measure myself against who God says I am, my growth potential is unlimited. So I go looking for those words.

To have success, and make positive change in my life, I speak God’s words. Because with God, nothing is impossible. And His words? Well now, His living word – that’s Jesus Christ. What could be more effective than that?

*2 Corinthians 10:12
† 1 Peter 2:9

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