Daily Archives: December 3, 2010

What’s next?

Romans 8:15

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And, by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” NIV


I am blown away by this reminder.  This is exactly what I needed to hear this morning.  I woke up feeling a bit overwhelmed and worried about the things this day will hold.  But, God says, I don’t have to feel that way.

“You did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear.”

Don’t go back to living that fearful, worried life!  You don’t have to.  You are a child of God.

Listen to how The Message paraphrases it:  The resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life.  It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a child-like, “What’s next, Papa?”


When I was a kid, my dad had a full-time job, and he was in graduate school.  I didn’t get to spend tons of time with him.  But once, right after my little sister was born, my father took me, all by myself, to a big amusement park.  All day.  Just me and him.

The whole family went on the trip, even the baby.   We had to drive a day to get there, and we got to stay two nights in a hotel.

It was one of the most memorable days of my life.  I still remember what I wore, even the bauble my mom put in my hair.

That day was a true adventure.  We rode roller coasters over and over and over, and log flumes … I had never done either of these things.  I was thrilled.  After each ride, I couldn’t imagine what adventure might be next.

This verse calls me to live that life each day, with God, an adventurous, expectant life.

That’s an amazing thing to think about today.

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