First thing that comes to mind when I say “Image”? For me, it would have to be accompanied with the word BODY. For so long, I was caught up in what my body looked like instead of what it could do.
But what else should we be considering with we hear the word “image”?
Let’s turn to Genesis 1: 26-28:
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea… So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number…”
Ever wonder what your purpose in life is supposed to be? Look to the Creator. See why he created you. We were created to be the image of God. Not only that, but He wants us to multiply the image of God.
Yes, if you get married and make babies, you are being fruitful and increasing in number… but you don’t have to meet “THE ONE” to wait to be fruitful and increase in number.
[BTW, I don’t believe in “The One”. There’s no such thing. Every relationship takes a lot of work. There is no “The One” magical, romantical relationship where everything falls nicely into place and you don’t have to work at it. Boom. Dropped some knowledge on ya’lls. And burst a few bubbles along the way.]
But even before you get preggers, you can increase in number… the image of God. How do we do that? Well, God didn’t say to be a reflection of Him and then remain as a glorious, Almighty, reverent, unseeable God… He came down to earth in the form of a human. JEEEEEEESUS.
We were created and called to be Christ-like. Christians. Like Christ. We are to be the image of Christ! And what are some things that Christ did? He obeyed the Father, he performed the lowliest of tasks by washing the feet of his disciples, he spoke the truth, he healed the sick and wounded, he prayed, he taught, he rebuked, he showed true love, he bore all of our sins and died on the cross like a criminal (though he was blameless).
WHOAS. Can you imagine if all of the Christians out there ACTUALLY lived our lives like Christ did? Think of how greatly the entire world was impacted, changed, and saved by one man (JESUS). Now, imagine if everyone who claims to be His follower did whatever He asked them to do. What kind of changes could happen if I actually let go and let God have all of me?
I have been busy with the church retreat over the weekend in Santa Cruz, as well as celebrating (kinda) a 30th birthday for Mr. Joe, celebrating Joe’s dad becoming an elder, catching up with Joe’s uncle and aunt from SoCal, finals, and way more work hours.
NO RUNNING, but it’s cool. I feel like there will always be time to run later, so I have to just savor these little moments of celebration with these awesome peeps.
Girls at the beach during the retreat:
^(I didn’t over the weekend, but at least I had my running clothes on. That half-counts, I think).
The only exercise I have done since Thursday was jumping rope at the retreat (giant rope… where you have to jump in and out by timing it well):
Joseph turned 30 on Sunday!
^This is when I catch him mid-sentence. When I ask him to smile for the camera, he turns into a cute shy puppy
[BTW, my favorite post about Joseph is THIS ONE].
Another cute shy puppy:
Okay. Random picture-dumping is done. Back to the image thing…
Nice abs would be great. Perhaps Jesus was ripped. In any case, I desire to reflect His humility and His love for the Father. I hope to be able to change the world… or at least my community… through loving others, not loving the things of this world, and being empowered by the Spirit to do some miraculous things!
These are all some things (including from the beginning of this post) that I learned/was reminded of through the retreat. Gaining new insight into famous verses was awesome!
And the speaker presented an interesting idea (kinda sorta):
“People always talk about the “spiritual high” we get from retreats. Then when we go back home, it eventually goes away. It always follows that cycle… well, OF COURSE, we are feeling some sort of spiritual high! We are reading the Bible throughout the day, listening to messages, discussing the Word together, and singing praise songs all day!!! It’s just that when we go back home, we stop studying Scripture, we don’t sing praise songs freely (like at retreats), and we don’t get together regularly to discuss the Word. It’s not like the air up here is different… it’s just that we go back to living our lives at home without the Bible. We live our daily lives without Christ.”
Okay… that is some extreme paraphrasing… and some of my own interpretation, but you get the picture. If we were all to continue reading the Scripture with open hearts every day, singing praise songs off-key with voices cracking and totally not caring, and yearning for Biblical teachings while we are at home, we don’t ever have to come down from that spiritual high! In fact… it will just be called “life”. No “spiritual drought/dry spell/low”… our Christian walk will just be up all the time. Pretty sure that’s how it was supposed to be in the first place.
Then the internet came along and screwed it all up.
Ha, jk. A little.
How long have you gone without running (before you got extremely antsy and NEEDED to get in a run)?
Does your church have annual retreats?
Does your significant other know how to smile for photographs (or does he/she go all “Chandler” on the camera)?