Saturday, February 14, 2009

Flexible Saints Make it Through The Storms

Flexibility is necessary to live the vibrant thriving life God has promised us.

Today I researched "flexible" in a search engine and this popped up from Canada's Open University: Athabasca's Online Library laying out an article on software:

"How a FIRM (Flexibility, Innovation, Robustness, and Maturity)Argument for FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) Can Displace FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt)."

I love it!!! To be firm in God we need:

F: flexibility
I: innovation
R: robustness
M: maturity

When we stand firm in God we can know what this verse of John Rippon's “How Firm a Foundation” promises:

When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

Then this little software article promises that FIRM will displace FUD:

F: Fear
U: Uncertainty
D: Doubt

So what looked like a word search turned into a week long exploration of FIRM in God overtakes FUD in the world!!!

My favorite story on flexibility comes from my god-daughter, Holly. One night at supper she was telling us about her fellow first grader who had had 8 "uncles" living with her and her mom during the school year. I asked how she handled all of that change. "Oh, she's just fine with it." I sighed and thought out loud, "Bless her, she must be flexible." Holly whipped around and asked, "Do you know her? She's amazing...She can do a split like this and she bends over like this." Before long Holly looked like a human pretzel. We all broke out laughing thinking of my meaning of flexible and Holly's wonderful demonstration of athletic flexibility.

Holly nailed it. In life we need to be flexible to move in any direction God may direct us. As life is moving fast for many of us in these economic times we need to be centered on God and listening to Him intently. But if we plant our feet in our job, our house, our town or any other natural thing we could have an overly difficult time moving in the ways of God as He alerts us to what's next.

As Holly would tell us: Stay able to move in any direction at any moment. Thrive in God!!!

What's your best flexibility tip or story?


Chatty Kelly said...

Well, a flexiblity story. My 2 little girls love to do different stances & such. We were balancing on 1 foot and holding the post, and my husband couldn't do it to save his life. He kept trying and we kept laughing.

I've found that as we get old we get less flexible...physically & mentally!!

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Kay!!!

Happy Valentines Day my friend, I hope you are havng a day filled with all the Love that can fill your heart *smiles*.

Hugz Lorie

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.