Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Lent Day 18: Eclectic

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day:
eclectic \ih-KLEK-tik\ adjective: 1. selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles; 2. composed of elements drawn from various sources

Example Sentence: The new downtown restaurant offers an eclectic mix of appetizers and entrees at reasonable prices.

Life is full of surprises. And that's part of what keeps it fun and interesting. There are few things more boring than a matching room, where every accessory, every piece of furniture, is from the same manufacturer. The eye slides over the homogeneous mass and can't register focal points.

The best designers try to combine a variety of styles, eras, and locations-of-origin that reflect the interests of the family living in the room. The trend continues to be "roughing up" new furniture to make it looked lived-in and cherished. Where my folks' generation wanted everything spik and span, or shiny and unused, today's fad is aged, antiqued, traveled, and well-loved. Maybe our search for heritage comes from the many times we change houses for work and life moves.

It's good to remember that a perfect, smooth life, plastic slipcovers still in place, is unappealing as well. Those around us, caught in crises or mauled by a vicious storm, want to know that Christ is enough to bring them through. We are only convincing about God's sufficiency when we've known him as Faithful and True in all the eclectic challenges that come our way.

Read more:
*Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf. Proverbs 11:28 NEV

*Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life. Ecclesiastes 7:14 NLT

*Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."

The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:22-26 NIV

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