Welcome to the Greene Street Letters. It has become my venue for sharing what is going on at Vineyard Recovery Church. Don't let the word Church scare you. The Greene Street Letters is a daily posting to simply say that there is more to life than what you see. More to life than "stuff". My simple take of 60+ years of following Jesus. Some days were good days...some days I managed to get off in the ditch. He is worthy of the pursuit, so that is what I do........I pursue Jesus in everything I do. Not the Jesus of the church. Not the Jesus of the denomination. Nothing wrong with those things, but Jesus is so much more. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you return from time to time to stop and ponder your own relationship with Jesus. God on you....mb

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Shine Like No One's Business


Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Recovered....Restored....And Revealed.
Buried under the grit and grim of life, pressure from every side
trying to shape and form you.
At the same time, keeping you hidden from the truth.
You never could see the "real" you, therefore, you never knew
your true value.

Not knowing what your value was, you thought yourself to be worthless....
No use to anyone....
With no value came the thought that you were unlovable....
After all, you were nothing more than a lump of coal hidden under 
tons of dirt and debris....
Deserving to be hidden and forgotten....

But then a hand reached down through the muck and mire that sought to
destroy you...
The muck and mire that sought to conform you to their image.
A hand that was the epitome and definition of Power and Purity.
A hand that searched through the grime with a mission to find and
restore you.
A hand that wasn't afraid to get dirty in order to save you.
A hand that knew what it was like to be rejected....
This hand was driven by a love that could not be defined

 The hand continued the search.

Finally touching you...it knew your shape and form more than you knew yourself.
And even though the dirt lay claim to you....
The hand began to pull you....
And even though the mud and grime fought hard to hold you in place...
The hand would not be defied...

Suddenly you were free of the darkness...
You were free from the pressure...
You were free....
The hand held you close and poured the water of His Spirit over you
in order to clean you up....
It was a feeling unlike anything you'd ever experienced before...this cleansing.

Free from the past...
Free from the grim...
Free from the pressure....
The hand held you up and for the first time, you sparkled and shone as you 
were created to.
It wasn't any light you possessed....
You merely reflected the light given off by the hand that had laid claim to you.
Pure light...
Light with power...
Light with purpose...
And that is who you are you crazy diamond...
So shine...
Shine and reflect the goodness of God.
Shine on....

Matthew 5:16 -----"Let your light so shine in such a way that others may see your good deeds and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

God on you....
mbb

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