the pattern of joy
Jesus was thirty when He started His “ministry,” and I think about this because I am 30, sometimes ministering, but usually only peering over the long drop-off at the edge of melancholy.
So yesterday I began to think about the patterns of His ministry that I am to follow, like the pattern of Joy.
I wake this morning realizing that I’m allowed to be simple and childlike in my steps toward learning the Jesus Pattern. So I ask: what would my house look like, what would I look like as a mother, if I were Jesus. (Yes, it’s embarrassing. WWJD?)
With all Jesus’s gathering children in his arms, threatening mill stones, and telling His good, good stories, I do believe He sounds like a very wonderful mother.
How would Jesus play with them and take them on adventures? How would He stay up pointing at the stars? How would He make special treats for them? He might wake up every once in a while and feed them the sweet stuff, maybe a Dutch Baby.
Would He care about the mess?
When I think about Jesus as mother, I think of joy, and I am not good at JOY, so I’m going to pursue it. Starting now. Starting here.
I’m going to use Tumblr to document “a JOY pursuit for the ministry years of Christ – what simple things make my home and heart glad.” If you want to follow, subscribe to JoyinTheRunaMuck.
What other patterns in the ministry of Christ can we follow? I suspect they’ll all lead to JOY.
PS: Can you feel Christmas coming? I can.
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