You Can’t Fit Those!

Galatians 3:26-29
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
I have put on a little weight recently and my clothes have not grown at all (I hate it when that happens). I was recently getting dressed when I was told, “You can’t fit that.” The shape of my body has changed and I wear it as a badge (men should say “Amen” right there). We all have different body types but this blog isn’t about that. This blog is about the different life “sizes” or “shapes” that we have and how they change over time. Every person has a unique life shape and size. Today life may be one size and shape and in a year or two it will take on another form. I used to feel guilty about my life shape because it looks very different from those around me but today I view my life as a gift from God and I want to embrace with you the “odd” shaped life you have as well. I have found that our different life patterns, much like our different ethnicity, brings glory to God. 
My life shape and size:
  • I am a 33 year old pastor married to the lovely Tara with 4 children
  • I work mostly from home and have my two younger children with me three days a week, while Tara works as a home health nurse
  • We have one college student that lives with us.
  • Our weekends consist of Friday and Saturday. Sunday is considered a work day.Our house routine shifts regularly.
Your life looks different than mine and could include:
  • Stay-at-home mom
  • Stay-at-home dad
  • College student
  • Business owner
  • Travel a lot for business
  • Shift worker
  • Retired
  • and many other life shapes exist 
Why do I write about this?
I want you to embrace and enjoy the life Jesus has given you. It may look different than another person’s but it is still important and packed with abundant life promised to you in Christ. I want you to serve Jesus in your life. It is easy to look at others in your church and think, “Wow if I had a life like theirs I would do a b, or c for Jesus.” Your life is tailor-made as it is to do something for Jesus. Do not let what clothes you fit in determine if you are going to wear clothes! I desire that you walk through your life clothed in gratitude for all that Jesus has given to you. Bitterness sets in when you measure your life with the life of others and not the life of Christ. I desire that you see your life as united with others who believe in Jesus no matter how different the size and shape of your life. I pray that you embrace what life God has placed you in and appreciate the lives that others have as well.

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