I remember when I got my first cell phone. It was back in the days of tiny phones. Like, the smaller your phone, the cooler you were. Mine was blue and the buttons and screen glowed orange when it was being used. I shared minutes with my two brothers and got a maximum of twenty text messages a month.
I was fifteen and I had arrived.
Phones have definitely come a long way since then. I now have an iPhone and it is my lifeline. I never leave home without it, actually, I never leave the room without it. This might sound like I’m a little too plugged in but, my iPhone is a link to most everything that’s important in my life.
If you want to get to know me, all you have to do is take a quick glance at my folders, pictures, etc. You could pick it up and, judging by the tiny finger print smudges, app after app by fisher price, and picture upon picture of them, realize that I am a stay at home mom to Judah who is almost three and Annabelle who is 7 months old.
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You could look at my call history and realize that my husband and my dad are the people that call me most, resulting in a woman who understands deeply the love that the Lord desires for us to know when he refers to us as his children and bride.
You could look at my texts and realize that I call a lot of people mine. You would see a long string of group messages filled with pictures of my kids or any of my eight (soon to be 9) nieces and nephews, jokes, and love notes from my family. You might get a little overwhelmed when you see that the string never ends because, well there are my parents, five of us kids, and our spouses all contributing to the banter, and then you’ll wish you were one of us. That’s not even including my wonderfully loving mother, father, and brothers in law; precious gifts that my husband gave me along with his name.
You could look at my apps and realize that I love to read. Anything. Everything. All. The. Time. I have every e-reader app out there plus reference apps for libraries, historical documents, and of course The Constitution. This is my idea of fun but if that doesn’t suit your fancy, don’t let it stop you from being my friend! We could always bond over Pinterest!
My phone is the greatest window into who I am. Even the case was carefully chosen to express my taste to anyone who sees it. It is my prized possession, an outward collection of my insides. My mind, heart, passions, interests, interactions, all of it, in one neat little rectangle covered in red flowers.
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As I was reading 1 Peter in my Bible app today, I came across this verse.
“But you are…God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
We are God’s special possession! When you plug us in and turn us on, it might read “God’s iPhone” on the screen. Just as the apps on our phones declare who we are, our actions, our words, the order of our lives should declare who He is.
When people get to know you, engage you in conversation, open you up like a folder on a phone, what do they find? Whose are you?
My second cell phone was a flip phone (moving up in the world huh?). It was just the coolest until it started to break down on me. The screen began to short out and for some reason, it only worked on speaker. Every conversation I had was broadcast for the world to hear. Oh technology!
It just so happened that this was going on while I was engaged to my now husband, Scott, and while I was living in Missouri and he in Colorado. My room mate had to get used to our lovey-dovey chats pretty quickly. There was no escaping them. We loved each other too much not to talk and my phone didn’t love me enough to function properly so there you had it; our love on speaker phone.
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How beautiful would it be if our lives lived out, were Jesus’ call on speaker to the world, declaring His praises, His goodness, His grace to anyone in earshot? How perfect would it be if we loved Him too much not to talk to Him and we didn’t care enough about what others thought to function in a reserved manner? How amazing would it be if our lives declared His? Loudly. Amplified by a speaker of passion and praise. Because He is ours and we are His.
Our love on speaker phone.
I have been blessed to grow up in a home full of people who love Jesus like this. I have been privy to a million lovey-dovey conversations between Him and those I love and admire. I learned how to be a friend of God by watching them. And then one day, I decided to join the conversation, to make my life His and to invest in our relationship above all else.
Maybe this isn’t you yet. Maybe you’re new to this relationship with Jesus. Maybe what I’m saying sounds great but you have no idea how to get to this point. You don’t know how to work this thing, this relationship, this new software update in your heart, and like my grandparents with a smart phone, are too overwhelmed by all that it does. So they only use it to make calls.
Don’t only use your relationship with Jesus to make calls. Don’t limit His love, His power, His grace in your life because you don’t know how grow into it. He desires so much more for you. He’s capable of so much more. He is love and patience itself. And His plans, His grace, His love, are easy to find.
Here at GLOW, we desperately desire to create an environment that helps us all become that picture of God’s grace to the world. Just like the app store suggests apps for you to download based on your interests, we are all about providing a community filled with tools, scriptures, encouragement, and more to help you become a reflection of Him, the one who has written His name on our hearts.
We want to lean into His grace together, figure out how to walk with him together, grow into His best friends, His daughters, His fragrance of love to the world together. So jump in. Get comfortable. Bring your minds and hearts and join us as we seek Jesus in the everyday.
We are His special possession declaring His praises, declaring who He is, since He’s called us into light.
And just like the screens of our phones, we can GLOW.