top3 for February 8, 2019

For what it’s worth, here are three things that I’ve read, been thinking about, and/or have impacted me this week.

#1 – My prayer this week.

So much swirling. Please be my center.

So much unknown. Please be my truth.

So much anxiety. Please be my peace.

So many decisions. Please be my wisdom.

#2 – For older people, beauty doesn’t come free with the hormones, the way it does for the young… It has to do with who the person is.”

Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in her meditation on aging and what beauty really means,

Came across this quote from a blog I receive weekly called Brain Pickings. As we age we, fortunately, realize that beauty is about who we are and not what we look like.. Who am I becoming? Or maybe its better to think about “who” or “what” I am allowing to shape my thinking and therefore my actions?

#3 – Joy can’t be stolen. But it surely can be given away.

me

This quote from a sermon a few months ago, reminds me that joy is a fruit of the spirit and therefore not subject to my highs and lows. Unless I give it away, joy remains firmly available regardless of my circumstances. With all that is swirling in the UMC right now, this has been a timely reminder (even if it did come from me..I try not to be too self-centered most of the time!)

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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