The forecast said there was a chance of snow. The possibilities for a snow day were there. When morning came, snow was on the ground, but it was only an hour delay. I saw Madison in the kitchen that morning and I think her and Kaitlyn were glad for an hour delay, but I’m sure they were wanting more. In fact, I know they were wanting more. Madison’s words to me were “I turned my socks inside out, they say that is supposed to help. They say to turn everything inside out, but I only did my socks.” In my head I was thinking, “and that is why there is only a one-hour delay,” but I didn’t want to encourage the thinking. I applaud the attempt though.
As I thought about what Madison said and did (turning her socks inside out), I started to think about the things that Christ said and how it sort of turns our view of life inside out. Think about it with me. If you want to be first, you need to be last. If you want to be the greatest, you need to be the least. If you want to have life, you need to lose it. Wouldn’t you say that is a little inside out?
Most of the time our world is pretty self-focused. We like winning, we like having, we like achieving, and those aren’t necessarily bad. I think what we learn from scripture is that it depends on where our heart is. If I have to win, if I have to have, if I have to achieve, that is where I start going off. When it has to be about me, then we need to start thinking about seeing things inside out. Paul encourages us in Philippians 2:3-4 to “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” Does it sound inside out to you?
What I want to make sure we don’t do, is think that our view has to be just for others. I don’t think it is either thinking about me or thinking about someone else, but thinking about the King and thinking about the King's kingdom. I am a child of God, a child of the King, and I am also a servant of God, a servant of the King. So it is helpful for me to remember that I am a steward of all my heavenly father, the King, has given me. So how do I use it, not for me or even for others, but for the Kings good and glory. I think that may be inside out as well.
Because of Him,
Rev. Lynn Beach is married to his college sweetheart, Michelle, and they have two adorable daughters. He has been at Park Church since July 2013.