How to Lose Jesus

We all lose things: car keys, sock mates, computer files, credit cards, water bottles, etc. So how does a parent lose a child? That’s exactly what happened to Joseph & Mary when Jesus was 12 y/o, st the annual festival they attended in Jerusalem. His parents thought that Jesus was with the caravan returning to their village, so they didn’t look for Him nor worry about Him until a day had passed. When they began looking for Him, He wasn’t with everyone, so Joseph & Mary made their way back to Jerusalem to find Jesus.
Similar to Jesus’ parents, we can sometimes lose Jesus in the festivities & hubbub of the Christmas celebrations. So let’s be committed to keep a continual lookout for Jesus throughout each day of this Christmas season, watching for opportunities to be kind, loving generous & Christlike. Indeed, some of the best ways to experience Jesus is to spread His love in our daily living!

Jesus Take the Wheel :)

A few years ago, there were some cute movies, Finding Nemo & Finding Dory.  Each movie was about the long search to find a missing son & a beloved friend.  When I think about finding Jesus, I’m encouraged that Jesus is accessible throughout every day!  Check out this video:

Jesus Take the Wheel

What Do You Think?

I seriously want your feedback!!  Every Christmas season, I do a blog series about looking for Jesus & I post goofy pictures of baby Jesus in various settings, to reinforce the reminder to look for Jesus in the busy-ness of the Holidays.

So where would you like to see Jesus in the upcoming Holidays?  Please give me your suggestions in the comments below, on FB, twitter, etc.  Last year, I took Jesus to the ICU at a local hospital, He drove with me in my car (Jesus take the wheel), I perched Him on a park bench & did lots of other creative things.  So what would you suggest for me to do this year, in the theme of looking for Jesus?

Thanks LOADS for your input / help!!

Heavenly Help Gives Us Jesus!

Jesus birth was a direct result of Heavenly Help. We know this because of Luke 1:35 where Gabriel tells Mary that the Holy Spirit will come upon her. This was his answer to Mary’s question about how she could get pregnant when she’s never known a man.
In this season, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, but let’s not forget that the Holy Spirit was directly responsible for Jesus’ physical existence. With this consideration, how can we let the Holy Spirit help us experience, see & find Jesus today? Let’s remember from John 15:26 that anytime we recognize Jesus it’s because the Holy Spirit is bearing witness to us about Jesus. So let’s think about the ways that we can get closer to the Holy Spirit to help us recognize Jesus more readily! Don’t forget to grab a few copies of Heavenly Help to give away for Christmas presents!

Finding Stuff

In my family, it seems like we lose things a lot. It’s one thing to lose a pen or maybe a shirt, but it’s a different story when I lose a credit card, drivers license, car title or some other such important item. 
I don’t like to lose stuff. I don’t like the stress it causes, I don’t like the time spent to find what’s lost & it’s just a hassle when I lose stuff. 

Sometimes I think we lose ourselves in lots of different stuff. Maybe you’ve been lost in the pursuit of being important or looking beautiful. It can be easy to get lost in the entertainment or political world & sometimes we can lose ourselves in trying to be good Christians. 

Let’s be very clear that God never loses us. Indeed, we are the most found & find our greatest identity in the loving intimacy or Heavenly Father wants with us everyday! Keep being found in God’s presence!

Matching Socks & Finding God

In the summertime, matching socks is not a big problem because we mostly wear flip flops. However, Fall & Winter can prove to be an entirely different issue & particularly with 5 people. I’m grateful for the wonderful trend with my kids who think it’s hip to wear clashing socks – a big relief!
Finding God can seem like trying to match socks – looking for various sizes & shapes to match different challenges & needs in our lives. But the truth is that God is always looking for us, like in the Garden of Eden when He called out to Adam, “Where are you?” Of course God knew where Adam was, even though he tried to hide. God overwhelmingly matches every need in our lives, but most of all our need to be close & intimate with our Creator. Augustine said it best, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

Mate Finding

  
  Ever lose a sock in the laundry? Ever get frustrated trying match up socks that seem mateless? Recently, I decided to undertake a large project to find the mates to missing socks for my family.  After years of neglecting this project. I found 58 socks who didn’t have a match. 
Blech

I’ve decided that for several weeks I will endeavor to find these hidden mates but there will come a time when I’ll give up & quit. 

In a similar way, endeavoring to find among humans or human efforts the match or mate to my spirit is like trying to find that elusive & missing sock. Truth be known, Augustine had it right:

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

Let your restless heart find its rest in God, the hope, joy & solution to all our wandering, search & desires. 

hot topic: lost my credit card :/

Yesterday, my daughter & I were going through a drive through hamburger place to grab a quick lunch and when I looked for my credit card to pay, it was missing!  My heart dropped down to my toes – then I quickly started to look for my credit card & with relief found it in my car.

We can all think of various things we’ve lost in the past & what a horrible feeling it leaves in our thoughts.  So when I recently read Jesus’ 3 parables about lost stuff in Luke 15 (sheep, coin & son), I was very moved by some important things for us to consider:

  • the shepherd, woman & father didn’t quit looking until what was lost had been found:  our heavenly Father never quits & gives up trying to find & reconcile us
  • there was a massive celebration when the lost item / person was found & reconciled:  there was no shame or scolding given to that which was lost, but rather a jubuliant celebration over the recovery & reconciliation
  • being lost can be expressed in lots of different contexts:  the father sought to reconcile not only the renegade son, but also the self-righteous son who remained aloof & detached from his family;  being right doesn’t mean we don’t need to be reconciled 🙂