This post, Your Best Story Happened 10 Minutes Ago, seems to have started something. In that post, I explained how Liz Curtis Higgs said, “Your best story will happen in the next 10 minutes.” That quote inspired me. There was quite a buzz about it on Twitter and the quote maker herself, Liz Curtis Higgs, even wrote back to me about it. I was SO honored and I will admit, did a little fangirl dance. I love Liz Curtis Higgs so much. I also love my friend, Kelly Smith from Mrs. Disciple. Kelly graciously sent her “My Last 10 Minutes” story to share with you. I just love it when friends come over to share. Thank you, Kelly, you are welcome anytime.
I know you’re going to love this story just as much as I do.
Today Is the Day to Believe What I Don’t Believe
“Mama, how many years will it be until 3000?” My middle child was apparently deep in thought in the back seat.
I replied, “Nine hundred eighty-four.”
Very matter-of-factly she said, “I don’t believe it.”
We spent the rest of the car ride doing math in our head and debating the fact that 3,000 minus 2,016 does, in fact, equal 984 years. I was unable to convince her.
She asked again this morning before school. I pulled out a piece of paper and a marker. “Surely she will believe when she sees it in black and white,” I told myself. I uncovered the basis for her errant arithmetic. She held tightly to her belief that it only takes one year to move from 2099 to 3000.
She walked away and then sheepishly returned a few minutes later. “I believe now.”
She neglected to see the hundred’s place. In her mind, twenty-ninety-nine became thirty with two zeros. It’s kind of funny now, but she was utterly frustrated at the time. She couldn’t make it work in her mind, no matter how clear the arithmetic was on paper.
Isn’t that how it is with us and God’s word? We know God’s word is true. We read these truths in black and white. Yet, because we can’t make it work out in our minds, we struggle to believe it is true.
- I am a child of God (John 1:12, Romans 8:17).
- I am a friend of Jesus (John 15:15).
- I have been justified and redeemed (Romans 3:24).
- I do not live under condemnation (Romans 8:1).
- I am a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- The righteousness of Jesus covers me (2 Corinthians 5:21).
- I have every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3).
- I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God (Ephesians 1:4).
- I am forgiven (Ephesians 1:7, 1 John 1:9).
This is just the small sample of God’s proclamation of truth over me. When I read through that list, I nod my head in agreement, but my actions say, “I don’t believe it.”
I continue to try to earn my way into God’s favor with my good deeds and piety. I struggle under the weight of guilt for past transgressions. I fall into bad habits of the flesh as though I am the same person I was before becoming a new creation. I doubt God’s provisions and His love when things don’t go my way.
Today is the day to believe what I don’t believe. Doubt and disbelief were broken on the cross. Jesus didn’t make the ultimate sacrifice for me to stand beside His promises and question their validity.
I believe I am a child of God because of Christ’s work on the cross, not because of my good works. I believe God loves me and desires an intimate friendship with me. I believe grace and mercy abound for yesterday’s mistakes, as well as the transgressions of tomorrow. I believe I am a new creation, no longer bound to my old practices or identified by the sins of my past. I believe I am redeemed for a holy purpose, gifted and inspired by the Spirit to do kingdom work.
Take a look at the black and white evidence in the pages of God’s word. Will you believe, even when you can’t make sense of it in your own mind? You know God’s word is true.
Today is the day to live like you believe it.
Kelly Smith is a small town girl who married a small town man 17 years ago. She has three energetic blessings, ages 2 to 11. Her favorite indulgences are coffee, reading, writing, and running. Kelly believes we are created for community and loves to find ways to connect with other women who are walking in the shadow of the cross. She blogs at mrsdisciple.com.
Your best story will could happen in the next 10 minutes or maybe it just happened 10 minutes ago. Do you have a “Last 10 Minutes” story you’d like to share?