Though many houses have been rebuilt, as Pam and I drive roads toward our neighborhood, we still see the starkness of the devastation of the Waldo Canyon Fire. A scar remains: matchstick blackened trees; rebuilding of homes; burned out, flood-vulnerable canyons. Our two year old grandson calls the foothills around our neighborhood the Pokey Mountains. I guess the trees look more like porcupine quills to a two year old! A similar picture could be taken of areas affected by the Black Forest Fire and other areas of the country affected by natural disasters.

In our early-married years, Pam and I received old furniture from family or bought some at garage sales. One piece in particular was a little table that was completely worn out! It had many layers of paint and stain, one on top of the other. The brass handles of this little table were tarnished beyond recognition. We bought it because it was cheap, but later decided to take it on as a refinishing project!

Beginnings tell you a lot about any story. We recently watched an intriguing thriller in which the plot and key characters were laid out in the first five minutes of the show. Try missing the first 15 minutes of a good movie, and you’ll spend the rest of the time trying to catch up! The beginnings of our own lives tell us a lot about our journeys, too.

Henry David Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

Do you have a “song” that is meant to be sung? You bet.

We recently had our Subaru wagon in the shop. It struck me that each season of our lives could be marked by the type of car we drove! The first car I drove after getting my license was a 1970 Ford Pinto Hatchback. You may have heard of them; they were recalled because of the gas tank exploding!

In my last post I left the question: which posture should characterize a follower of Jesus, a lowered head or a head held high?
 
While we are indeed sinners saved by grace—a reflection of the work God has done and continues to do—we can now hold our heads high because of the finished work of Jesus Christ: His redemption, justification, reconciliation, and adoption. What a multifaceted diamond the gospel is. We are sons and daughters of the King!

As followers of Jesus desiring to grow in our relationship with God, our beliefs about ourselves make a huge difference in how we live and our relationship with God. In the next few posts, I will talk about what the Scriptures say about who we are.