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Faith Imagined: What's Your Glory-Color?

Faith Imagined

Alisa Hope Wagner: Christian Writer

September 16, 2009

What's Your Glory-Color?

I've been thinking a lot about how God designed me . . . well, actually, I've been complaining. I trust that God has designed me in a specific way, so I can fulfill a specific purpose in life. I love to write, and I know that writing is a big part of my design and plan. However, as I look over each of my posts and read what I have written, I can't help but think, "Dang it, Alisa! You are always so serious!"

I remember one time I got so sick of my melancholy writing that I wrote a brilliantly funny post (at least in my mind). I always enjoy women who write funny blogs, and I so appreciate their gift-offering of a smile and a laugh. So, on my funny post I wrote about boobs and my boys peeing off the deck. I couldn't wait to read the comments.

That night when I tried to sleep, I felt Holy Spirit tell me to take the post off my blog. I tried ignoring the Holy Spirit and later rationalizing His words. Finally, though, I flung the covers off me, stumbled to the computer room and deleted my wonderfully witty post. And God sat me down and told me, "You write for me alone."

"Yes, God," I whispered and crawled back into bed.

Later, as I was thinking over these things, my identical twin sister called me with a spiritual breakthrough God had given her. My sister and I look a lot a like, but the core of who we are, how we view life and how we interact with God are completely different. Our perspectives are so unique that we have to discuss everything to pieces just to ensure that there is no misunderstandings that would translate into hurt feelings.

She admitted that reading my blog and reading other Christian writers' blogs made her feel that she was spiritually lagging -- that maybe her relationship with Christ wasn't as strong. But what she realized is that her purpose is very different than mine and the writers she has been reading, so her interactions with God and her understanding of spirituality will also be different. She decided that there is nothing wrong with not always being so serious, and I wanted to yell out, "Thank God! I can barely handle my own seriousness."

My sister is positive and funny. She makes people laugh and feel comfortable. She goes out of her way to ensure harmony, and she does it all to the glory of God!

I truly think that when God created people, He fitted each of us with a tiny and unique slice of His glory. I imagine God's glory as a giant ball of a million-billions colors -- colors that we can't even comprehend on this earth. And He placed an individual hue of His multi-colored beauty into each of His children. Yes, some of the hues may look very similar from a distance; but on closer inspection, they are each very distinct.

Our mission is to shine that tiny color of God's glory and fight the urge to blend it with the other colors around us. My twin sister's glory-color may be a golden-pink and my glory-color may be a silvery-blue, and our lens of life will be tinted by our colors. That is why it is so important for us not to judge and compare. God gave us each a unique design and purpose. We will all express love differently, reveal God's glory differently, relate to spiritual truths differently and interact with Jesus differently. But if we are seeking to know God more, there is no wrong answer - just wonderful variety.

I can imagine God in His million-billion color grandeur gathering up His children in His arms; and once we are resting against the pulsating of His being, we each simultaneously shoot out our own glory-color, creating a miniature replica of His majesty. We are each created in the image of God, and we daily become more Christlike and beautiful by letting go of sin. Maybe we should stop trying to change people and stop trying to change ourselves and start allowing God's glory to shine through the design He intended us to be.

No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God
destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age
understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has
conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"— but God has revealed it
to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of
God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit
within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit
of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from
God, that we may understand what God has freely given us (1 Corinthians 2.7-12).

"Father, show me how to shine the glory-color that You have placed in me. I do not want to complain anymore about how You designed me and about the purpose You have for me. Help me not to compare myself with others. I want us each to shine Your glory in our own unique way. Thank You, God, for creating each of us so beautifully. For it is in Jesus' name I pray, Amen."

This post is dedicated to my twin. Thank you for always being so beautifully different.

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Blogger Crissy said...

Man! I am CRYING!!! This writing is very freeing!!! Thank you!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

What a beautiful writing that intertwines wisdom & emotion. We all have those feelings of wanting to be more like so & so and pleasing them; instead of allowing ourselves to be who God created & knowing that we are to please only him. Love it!

8:20 AM  
Blogger Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

You wrote about so many things that I think about before, during and after I write and you wrote it beautifully.

I'm a blend of blues.
~ Wendy

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The visuals I saw while reading this was Amazing!! You've written so beautifully from your heart and I am grateful that you shared it with us all. (:

10:38 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Once again, I am blown away by your insight...this post was just what I needed to read today...this sentence especially spoke to me...
" But if we are seeking to know God more, there is no wrong answer - just wonderful variety."

The image of the Lord gathering all his children and their individual "glory colors" exploding just blesses me to no end....

11:02 AM  
Blogger 3 Blessings said...

This is beautiful and I must tell you that your writings always shine for His glory. He has truly given you a beautiful gift, so continue to pray to Him for inspiration and write what He places in your heart. I am always blessed in some way by your writing and I really do think about something you wrote many times throughout my day.

I also had the blessing of communicating with your beautiful sister this week. The thought of her beautiful heart just makes me smile. I love that she wanted to order one of the 147 Million Orphans bags because it was just her style. That makes me so very happy to know that others have huge hearts for orphans and that she wanted to help us bring Elijah home. Simply beautiful...both of you!

12:30 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Wow - makes my God 'aha' moment on my last post seem puny - but there I go comparing myself again. ;) It's funny how God confirms himself through others - there have been several things placed on my heart over the last couple of weeks, and it seems everywhere I turn someone is talking about that same thing. Thank you for expressing it so beautifully. :)

12:30 PM  
Blogger Bernadine said...

Thank you for this post. I always leave your blog with so much to think about.

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One word: WOW.

Two more words: THANK YOU

10:00 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Beautiful post! You are right, we are each different and have different blessings and different purposes.

When I look at Creation and see all the variety of things God made, everything from whales to insects and mountains to tiny flowers, it is easier to remember that differences are a good thing. They indicate that we were each created (along with everything else in the world) by a God whose imagination and love for variety is infinite. I love it!

10:53 AM  
Blogger Melissa Miller said...

Alisa this post is truly inspiring1
You are a very talented and creative writer.

Thank you very much for your kind words of support and encouragement today. I really appreciate sweet blog freinds like you. You're the best!

~Blessings my friend, ~Melissa :)

11:46 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Great post. I am so inspired. I love how unique God created us all. It encourages me and makes me endeavor to try new things and always try to appreciate the talents that are special to me alone.

Also, thanks for stopping by my blog!

1:59 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

I have had a saying for a long time now, I need the Jesus in you and you me. Colors blended together to create the living tapestry that HE lives in. There are times when just speaking to another sister in Christ or reading her blog I will "see" the Jesus in her and HE ministers to my need.......... Beautiful......

2:50 PM  
Blogger Alene said...

Alisa - Awesome! Definitely one of the best posts. I struggle with comparing my gifts with others and unfortunately - I always want to be somebody else and run their race. God always gently guides me back to my race - the one He gave to me on the track He set before me. When will I ever learn to run my own race, in my own lane?

7:35 PM  
Blogger Toknowhim said...

So glad I stopped by today to read your post :) Will come back again...

9:55 PM  
Blogger Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Oh, so nice.

His glory-colors shine through you. You reflect His beauty here.

You feed my soul, Alisa Hope.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Margaret aka: Fact Woman said...

I loved this reminder that we are all made by God. Each different and each possessing different gifts, talents and purposes. I love how creative He is!!!! Thank you for making my day better.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Sassy Chica said...

What a lovely post, beautifully written!

Sassy Chica

11:20 AM  
Blogger Sassy Chica said...

What a lovely post, beautifully written!

Sassy Chica

11:20 AM  
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11:20 AM  
Blogger Deborah Ann said...

It never fails, every time I stop in here, God hits me over the head with a 2 x 4.

Yes, we are all so different with different talents. Can I be honest with you? I have visited many blogs, and this is the one where I get my fuel for the day from. I'm working on a book of humorous devotionals, and my author coach keeps telling me "these are funny, but you have no deep spiritual insight, you need more of that."

Dear Lord, where am I gonna get that from? The thought crossed my mind to email you, and ask if we could do this book together. I would write all the fluffy mumbo jumbo, and you would add the insight - we'd be a team!

But before I had a chance to do that, I took one more hard look at some of my devotionals, and started tweaking them. I suddenly noticed my keyboard was all wet - my hands were dripping with oil! The insight started coming, and before I knew what happened, I had written a very nice devotional with insight straight from God's heart! (The oil manifestation has happened before, it's God's way of letting me know He's speaking through me).

So...I guess I'm on my own. Well, on my own with God, that is!

1:39 PM  

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