Worth the Effort

Recording life can be such work. Take scrapbooking. I think the next line should be “please take scrapbooking…”

It started off so fun. When I first began I was meticulous about selecting just the right photos, precisely cropping them and arranging them in some sort of visual medley. By the time I finished books for my high school seniors, my scrapbooking work had become a factory assembly line, with the goal of completion by the graduation party. It was more work and less fun, and my last pages were certainly not as creative as the first. I began to buy into the phrase “you can either live your life, or document it.” I am not sure I really believe that now, but I sure did when I was tired and grumpy.

But once in awhile we get to reap that recording.

Have you ever found treasure in an old journal? Perhaps you have seen God provide an answer to a heart cry that you had written out. It was worth the effort.

Have you ever stumbled across a memento created by a small child that documents their love for you? Do you know what I mean? Like a Valentine’s card that says “I love you!” It was well worth their effort.

Have you ever received a written word of encouragement from a friend? (Many of you reading this now are thinking of fellow-blogger Doneta Doehling who sacrificially writes and sends countless cards to lift up God’s people.) Make sure you thank them, those notes are timely and precious and WORTH the effort. Thanks Doneta.

Have you witnessed the joy and smiles that come to loved ones when they rifle through scrapbook pages you have created for them that document special moments of their lives? Yes, even scrapbooking seems to be worth the effort.

God is big on documenting too. Look at this quick list:

1. He inspired multiple authors to write 66 books that are compiled into what we know as the Bible, the living Word of God.

2. There are a number references to the ‘book of life’ in scripture
Psa. 69:28, Phil. 4:3, Rev. 3:5, Rev. 13:8, Rev. 17:8, Rev. 20:12, Rev. 20:15, Rev. 21:27).

3. And God even tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:3 that we are a recording of His love, “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tables of human hearts.”

And Psalm 102:13 states, “Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet unborn may praise the LORD”.

Let’s get to recording.

Shelli Muldoon

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