So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for over a year hundreds of people join a kind of writing flash mob over here.
We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that Lisa Jo posts at 1 minute past midnight EST every Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday
No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.
Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
Are you ready
Lately I’ve been wondering a lot about people and what motivates them to do or not do certain things.
I often wonder how people who claim to be Christians and know Jesus can do such hurtful, cruel things to others, especially since I’ve experienced it first-hand this year.
I wonder how people can get up and go through their day without care or concern for those they have injured with their selfish desire to stay comfortable.
I wonder how people can write about how you should be there for others and love them like Jesus did, all the while knowing full well they chose to turn their back when someone needed them to do just that.
I wonder what caused such blindness that enables them to justify their actions and choices.
And I get angry. At them. At the hypocrisy. At the unfairness. At the sin that they turn a blind eye to.
But I don’t want to be angry. I don’t want to be a victim. And I definitely don’t want to be a hypocrite.
I need to change what I am looking at if I want to change my vision.
I need to keep looking up to God and focusing on what He HAS done, not looking down on people and focusing on what they haven’t.
And focusing on what He has done over the past 6 months fills me with wonder.
Provision always coming just in time.
Real friendships with trustworthy people who are transparent and truly want to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and not just His mouth.
A God-given Titus family to support and encourage this pilgrim as I wander down this new road.
Opportunities to serve Him in ways I had never been able to before.
The privilege of knowing Him more intimately as He reveals Himself in my circumstances and through deeper study of His Word.
I don’t want to lose that wonder, especially not this Christmas.
Because Christmas isn’t about whether or not there is a mountain of presents around your tree.
It’s not about how much you have to spend or trying to outdo what you did the previous year.
It’s not even really about a baby in a manger.
The wonder of Christmas is that the infinite Creator of the universe chose to become one of us to do what we couldn’t do for ourselves. The Word – the LOGOS – the creative Power through Whom all things were made – became flesh, and dwelt among us to reveal Himself to us. And He still chooses to reveal Himself to us today if we will look for Him.
I wonder how many will look past the baby and see the Logos?
Wanna play? Here’s how:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.
- Wide Eyed Wonder ~ Five Minute Friday (simplystriving.wordpress.com)
- The Final Five Minute Friday of 2012: Wonder… Which Direction to Go? (juliejordanscott.typepad.com)
- The Wonder of Five Minute Friday (missindeedy.com)