In which there is more on a personal fullness of time

by Craig on September 1, 2011

There was a fullness of time for the arrival of the Savior, as history converged to create one. best. time.source

There was a fullness of time for the arrival of the Savior, as history converged to create one. best. time.

And if we know Jesus, we all have our own fullness of time for salvation.
Even a “born in the pew” Christian has converging strands of history…
maybe a great grandparent hearing a preacher in a wagon train.
The fullness of time for each of us need not be confined to our lifetimes.

Mine came so late, the age of 25, that with the perspective of age I can see  some of how personal history converged at the foot of the Cross…

continuing from yesterday

•    The Catholic Church arrived in my timeline as my mother, a divorced mom, remarried a Catholic. So I began attending Catholic Mass, was baptized, and confirmed. My mother, who was raised in a very strict Southern Baptist orphanage, decided that religion was, as she put it, “drummed” into her, and she would not do the same with her children. She chose to let us decide for ourselves when we got older. It was a mistake. A child needs to learn how read and write – and that’s not put off until later. Anyway, the Catholic Church brought me closer to a reverent relationship with God – but not yet a personal one.
•    Then there was me, a fifth grader, who loved making charts and graphs. Unknown to everyone I made graphs of the 10 Commandments and how well I followed them each day. It made for an easy graph – 10 points – percentages were cake. (I was a 60-80%er)
•    And there was Star Wars – the original – seen in a theater – and it’s two sided “force”.

The Movie Star Wars and the good and dark side of the force made me rethink God. source

Don’t laugh too hard! I’m not the only one who watched that movie for the first time and considered darkness vs. light.
•    There were the people in my junior and senior year of high school who were not of the popular crowd. They tried to get me to attend “meetings” and be a “Jesus person”. I wanted popular – not Jesus – and I said, I think not too politely, no thank you.
•    There was a leadership conference when I was a senior in high school. It stressed four-fold development – mental, physical, social, and spiritual. And by spiritual, it meant Christian. It was the place where I first learned that Jesus of Nazareth was an historical figure. Before that I never actually considered the fact that he was a real person – just some foggy notion of a man on the cross.

And things were continuing to converge…

even though I was unaware…

heading toward a fullness of time

and a relationship with Our Lord…

and tomorrow I’ll finish up…

and tie things back in to the fullness of time

that prepared the world for it’s Savior.

Please come back.

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Martha Orlando September 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I love your personal story and your candidness, Craig. I was a late-bloomer, too – age 30! Even though I had exposure to church, my family never encouraged a personal relationship with Jesus; it just wasn’t a topic for discussion, but that’s another long story.
Have a day full of blessings!

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Craig September 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm

thank you Martha, in five years later than me – wow!! and please – feel free to share that long story any time – I heart to hear it! God bless and keep you Martha.

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Dawn September 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Craig,

I want a front seat for tomorrow. I really, really, really heart this discussion (and it is a discussion, for you reply to everyone either here or privately). Please don’t feel the need to reply to this comment, I just wanted you to know I’m in the audience.

I’m praying as you prepare for tomorrow and as you write. May the Spirit inspire you in a special way,
Dawn

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Craig September 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm

you know when somebody tells you not to think of a pink elephant – and then that’s all you can think of. When you said don’t reply to the comment – all I could think of was – reply to the comment ツthank you Dawn! God bless!

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Martha Orlando September 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I’ll be in that front row with Dawn!
Craig, I don’t know if I ever mentioned that I write a daily devotion; if I did, forgive me for repeating myself, but it was through it that Debra put me in touch with your blog. If you or any of your readers would like to visit, the address is http://marthaorlando.blogspot.com. I know you are drowning in answering the deep comments (you know, your writing inspires these!) and in your own writing, but I sure would love your opinion, my friend.
God bless you and may the words of your mouth be ever be inspired by Him!

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Craig September 3, 2011 at 9:36 am

thank you Martha, and I’m as behind on my blog reading as I am on my comment replying – last week – slow me (⌣˛⌣) I’m catching up this weekend I hope. God bless you my friend.

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Cora September 2, 2011 at 9:09 am

I’m still in the front row and NOT leaving my seat! I could relate to the being a Baptist and not being allowed to dance. I had to bring notes to gym class when we had dance lessons. I felt like such a fool and I think that was the only REAL time that I was ashamed of my faith —- or should I say — the faith of my parents. I couldn’t find anywhere in MY Bible that told me I could not dance. I couldn’t help but read between the lines here, Craig, and see all the “what if’s” and where the paths would have gone differently IF she had gone dancing, IF. . . IF. . . IF. . .!!!! I have sat and daydreamed about all the what if’s in my life. I wonder if the path I did choose was the one planned out for me or if, some day, God will show me His better plan for me. Strange that that still bugs me. I remember those scarey preachers that would point their boney fingers and talk about missing “God’s best for my life” and choosing second or third best and that someday God would show us how it could have been had we chose HIS best. OH MY! even now that twists me a bit!!!!

Can’t wait til tomorrow!

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Michelle September 3, 2011 at 4:41 am

“I wonder if the path I did choose was the one planned out for me or if, some day, God will show me His better plan for me. Strange that that still bugs me.” That’s me too! Or it was.

I also have heard and read many times about “God’s best for my life”. But then I heard about Grace, and how God loves us no matter who we are or what we’ve done or where we are (something I drum into my three RE classes each week). And, also, that the only “plan” or “best” for my life is that I live the way Jesus lived and taught. The Bible doesn’t tell me who specifically to marry, or what job to have or …….. And I realise (most of the time) that all God wants is my heart. The rest will follow.

Though I do still have ‘I wonder what if” moments. :)

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A. September 3, 2011 at 9:20 am

I love what you shared here, Michelle. It is not about finding the perfect job, etc. but about finding and living the perfect ‘Way’, yet, paradoxically, without perfection even in that, in this life.

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A. September 3, 2011 at 9:18 am

Craig, the front row is filling up!

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Craig September 3, 2011 at 9:37 am

I had a friend once who joked, the Holy Spirit doesn’t go past the seventh row – that’s why she always sat up front. Pew humor ƪ(◠‿◠)╯

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