I was standing at a wall of ice cream flavors, with a Take-A-Ticket number in my hand.
Yep. I was at one of those local hang outs, where people crowd into a small ice cream parlor. Just to get a scoop of something homemade.
Hmm… What flavor?
Well, I could go with Chocolate Mint Chip – my ol’ standby. Maybe I should try something new?
When they called my number, I decided to go all the way. Chocolate-chocolate-chip-fudge.
I got my scoop of dark, sweet, and gooey, and ate away. So good.
What Do I Really Want?
I’m trying to simplify my life right now, to zone in on the things that give me joy.
What is it that I really want?
I’m jotting a list of those things this week. It’s like choosing between a wall of yummy ice cream flavors.
God’s sayin’, “So, whaddya want, Bonnie?”. He’s paid for my scoop already.
Focusing On The Freedom
Sometimes, I think we forget that everything God did on the cross, was for our freedom, so we could truly live.
Yes, we live for Christ — reflecting Him through our uniqueness.
We forget that the Garden of Eden was originally made for Adam and Eve to enjoy — all the fruits of the trees. Not just about that one tree that was off limits.
Because of the Easter we celebrated yesterday, our joy is no longer under the curse of mistakes or our sinfulness.
We can focus on that freedom.
I’m remembering that God is sovereign and He gave us the freedom of choice.
Predestination and free will. It’s the utlimate debate to end in heaven.
Both are acting forces. Our new nature is shaped by the thoughts we choose to nurture — and actions we chose to take.
I’m taking steps to enjoy more chocolate-chocolate-chip-fudge choices in my life. Who would’ve guessed, what a simple trip for ice cream could remind me about faith.
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free
Therefore, keep standing firm and
do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.”
~ Galations 5:1
What is it that you really want?[ p.s. This post was inspired in part by a real ice cream trip to Marianne’s Ice Cream shop in Santa Cruz, California with two wonderful faith friends, Holley Gerth from Heart To Heart and Sarah Markley from The Best Days of My Life. ] [ This is an original post to Faith Barista, where Christian writer Bonnie Gray serves up shots of faith for everyday life. ]