Dictionary.com defines horizon as “the line or circle that forms the apparent boundary between earth and sky.”
The moment I read that definition, I knew I had found the name of my blog. As I learn to navigate life-after-college, I see myself spending time over the next few years exploring horizons, these apparent boundaries between earth and sky. Read on for my Hope, my Horizons, and my Little Goals.
- What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we HOPE for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
- Long ago, God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. But now in these final days He has spoken to us through His Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son He made the universe and everything in it. The Son reflects God’s glory, and everything about Him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of His command. After He died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honour at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven.
- Christ suffered when He died for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but He died for sinners that He might bring us safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but He was raised to life in the Spirit. Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honour next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers are bowing before Him.
- Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see. Everything has been created through Him and for Him. He existed before everything else began, and He holds all creation together.
- Christ is the head of the church, which is His body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so He is first in everything. For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and by Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of His blood on the cross. This includes you who were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions, yet now He has brought you back as His friends. He has done this through His death on the cross in His own human body. As a result, He has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault. This is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in His glory.
- Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honour and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
- Christ is all that matters.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV
To a moving observer, their horizon is constantly changing. To a searching observer, their focus on the horizon is sometimes on detail, sometimes taking in the sweeping view.
My hope is to know God through Christ and because of Christ. My horizon is what I see of His face today. As He is kind enough to reveal Himself to me, my horizon will open up and change shape and be filled with Him, like sunlight spilling over the edge of the earth in the early morning. My horizon will constantly change as I walk with Him.
My Little Goals
My hope is that my life would speak clearly of the goodness and wisdom of God. My horizon in this is a pathway of obedience to His direction and surrender to His suggestions. I know that living a life in pursuit of Christ is immensely practical. My spiritual learning must be lived out minute by minute in my everyday life, getting on with my family, being diligent in my work, being creative in my kitchen. Everything I do has the potential to be an act of worship.
One of my favourite verses is in the last chapter of Zechariah, speaking of a time when “the cooking pots in the Temple of the Lord will be as sacred as the basins used beside the altar. In fact, every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. All who come to worship will be free to use any of these pots to boil their sacrifices.”
Brother Lawrence was said to do “common business… purely for the love of God.” Jesus went to dinner with His friends, He cooked on the beach, He helped out at a wedding party. Jesus Christ is a real person who lived a very real life on this real earth. As His Spirit is living in us, He expects to be brought into the most mundane and trivial parts of our life, and when we acknowledge Him there with us, whatever we do will be worship.
What do you call a graduate of a post-graduate course? Well I’m one of those. I thought that I would know so much more than I actually do at this stage. Guess what? I have SO-VERY-MANY THINGS that I really want to learn. Little things. Lots of them.
For five years of high intensity university work, lots of wouldn’t-it-be-nice thoughts floated around my mind, but I have had to put them aside as my studies took pretty much all of my energy and attention. I couldn’t have done it any other way. But now I’m a graduate, a grown-up. (?!) I’m in the opening scene of a new season. And this time, I’m making sure that I make time for the little things I love and want to explore.
These little life-goals are very… little. But my God says in Zechariah 4:10 NLT
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”
This blog is a journal of little steps towards these little goals. I hope that, in the little steps towards little goals, I will learn life and give credit to Christ, the one, after all, to whom all credit is due.