the final countdown to my wedding day is here. today is 2 weeks away from the day i’ll be walking down the aisle to meet my groom. to say i was excited wouldn’t even come close to describing it. i’m thrilled. i giggle a lot. i can’t wait. :)
we’ve finalized the layout for the reception, the details for the cake, and today we will be talking with the florist, caterer and picking up the marriage license. yay! i’ve picked up my dress, picked out the jewelry and am starting to pack up my apartment and prepare to move. i’m monitoring the weather in Niagara Falls so I know what to pack for the honeymoon.
on top of that, i’m training for additional responsibilities at work. i’ve spent nearly every day for the last few weeks in meetings and training sessions and taking notes and learning a whole new project that as soon as we get back from the honeymoon i will be taking over the responsibility for our plant.
its been a struggle to keep it all balanced… to be focused on work while at work, to focus on wedding stuff when I need to and to focus on relaxing and spending time with God too.
I read through Colossians last night. I was encouraged because it seems that Paul either had never come and visited them or that he hadn’t been there in a long time. but there was a closeness and a unity through Christ that was evident in his letter. The Holy Spirit reminded me that his words were for me as well, and though I’ve never met Paul either, that through Christ, it applies to me too… and I need to listen and seek to learn from him. One of his charges to the church was the following:
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. (Col. 2:8-10)
Its so easy to get taken captive by the philosophy of the world when it comes to wedding planning and work responsibilities. The world says that your wedding day is the most extravagant, “princess-like” day of your life. to one degree, i completely agree in that it should be a very special important day, but in reality, it is still merely a picture of the excitement and joy I should have in anticipation of the return of my Jesus. The most important part of my wedding day is not the human traditions that Ted and I will choose to include in the ceremony and reception… its not the spirit of the world that we want to display… its the spirit of Christ… a model of love and humility that is foreign to our unsaved friends and family who will be there.
Christ is my authority first and foremost. Christ is Ted’s authority. That’s why with joy I can do as Ephesians says and submit to him out of love for Christ. I’ve been filled with Christ. My body belongs to Him. My will conforms to His. that’s why I don’t want to be deceived by the world’s philosophy that submission is a bad thing… I don’t want to be caught up in traditions and events and miss what God is doing in and through me.
In the same manner, I want to keep that perspective at work. Though I’ve been called to do this job and the new responsibilities are important and I need to see it with all seriousness and diligence, it is not the most important thing to me. The reason that God has me in this job is so that I can bring glory to Him, whether in words through sharing the gospel with my coworkers, or in deed by doing everything to the best of my ability for the glory of God. According to the spirit of the world, a successful career is one of the best blessings I can ever get in life. But according to the Bible, I am supposed to put to death my old self and be renewed in the knowledge of my creator (Col. 3:10). Me seven years ago wanted to be the Ambassador to Germany or in some other governmental position involving language and intelligence. I wanted to be somebody. But I praise God that He continually closed those doors I pursued and has led me along pleasant (albeit sometimes painful) paths of righteousness.
I want to reflect Him… no matter the season or change, I want my life to mirror the greatness of God and to be a light to the darkness around me. I don’t want to just preach a gospel message at my wedding and count that as “enough”, I want my life to be a picture to my friends and family of the grace that has captured me. I want to be different than what’s around me.