Have you ever noticed when the temperature outside goes up one degree? I don’t, yet the thermometer shows it has. It isn’t until the temperature changes by five or ten degrees that I begin to feel it. I notice the cumulative effects of a bunch of degrees, but the individual degrees themselves, go unnoticed.
“Your eyes [God] saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.”
Psalm 139:16 ESV
On February 2, 2012, I will have been alive for 13,272 days. (Yes, I factored in leap years!) If I live to be 80 years old, I will hit 29,242 days. If God has not written that many days for me, I have less than 15,970 days left on this side of eternity. This is not that many when you consider the whole of human history. It puts each of my days into perspective, doesn’t it? Since God has taken time to write about each of them, then it means each day of my life is indispensable to Him. What I choose to do each day matters. I may not remember what occurred on day 6,808, but I notice the cumulative effects of my days, today.
Coincidently, the new year has arrived. We have no idea what the days before us will hold. Some of them will make sense and others will not. On some days our hearts will be joyful, and on others they may be broken. No matter what unfolds, both of us will do one thing: change.
“And we all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV, emphasis mine
In my opinion, the process of becoming more like Jesus Christ can be just as mysterious as the 2 Corinthians verse I just quoted. Sensing our transformation in Him can be challenging at times. We who have received Jesus Christ as Savior need encouragement as the change happens. This is why I am here. I am writing to you because I believe each day you encounter provides a chance for freedom to be found, change to be embraced, and glory to be seen. I don’t want you to miss out! I believe what you choose to do with your individual days matters.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away,our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen…”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18a ESV
I welcome you to One Degree! My prayer for this blog is that it will help you grow in your faith and that it will be a source of encouragement to you. Some of my blog entries will focus on a particular verse or chapter of the Bible. Others will challenge you to stop and worship. Some will…well, you’ll see.