2016 Keyword: Convergence

20150530_202217I’ve seen several posts about personal themes and challenges for the New Year. You probably have too. Maybe you’re thinking, oh no, not another one!

But wouldn’t we like to see our dreams and goals come together this year? Wouldn’t we like to keep the main thing the main thing no matter what circumstances stare us in the face?

That’s why I’ve chosen the word convergence.

The old Standard College Dictionary (1957) on my shelf defines it this way:

Converge v.

  1. To move toward one point; come together by gradual approach.
  2. To tend toward the same conclusion or result.
  3. To cause to tend toward one point.

Convergence n.

  1. The act, fact, or state of converging.

One point. One focus. One goal.

But what is that one thing? Isn’t it different for each of us?

I think the answer to that question is no, but how we go about it may be radically different. Take the next few minutes to think through this idea with me.

First, what is the goal?

Have you ever noticed the “do all’s” in Scripture? These are verses that leave no room for guesswork. As someone has said, all means all, and that’s all all means.

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” Philippians 2:14-16 (NKJV)

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17 (emphasis added)

We’re supposed to shine for Christ. We’re supposed to live for His glory. When we shine, others see Him.

One purpose, yes.

How do all our differences contribute?

Let’s take a trip to the store and spend a few minutes in the sporting good’s section. Our task is to find a flashlight.

We’re suddenly overwhelmed by options. There are keychain LEDs, mag lights, lamps, and headlamps in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. Features are further subdivided into lighting functions: steady, blue, green, red, flashing. Not to mention the exterior case design and color options.The differences seem endless.

In a way, we’re like flashlights. We come in different styles and serve different functions, but as believers, we have one thing in common: We shine for Christ.

Look at Scripture. God used men and women from all walks of life. In fact, the case could be make that maximizing our differences makes us more effective for God to use.

  • Joseph was a carpenter. (Matthew 13:55)
  • Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen. (Matthew 4: 18, 21)
  • Matthew was a tax collector. (Matthew 10:3)
  • Paul was a Pharisee (Acts 23:6) and tentmaker by trade. (Acts 18:3)
  • Lydia was a seller of purple clothes. (Acts 16:4)
  • Onesimus was a runaway slave. (Philemon 10, 16)

The what of what we do doesn’t matter as much as the why. Are we the best students we can be? The best vocalist, the best writer, the best team member, the best Sunday school teacher, the best AWANA leader? Do we take the dreams God’s given us seriously?

Do we want to experience convergence of our passions with the pursuit of God’s glory?

The bottom line is that if you’re God’s child and I’m God’s child, we’re pulling toward one ultimate purpose far greater than ourselves.

The truly marvelous thing is that God works through our individual lives – so beautifully and intricately different – to accomplish His plan and point others to the truth of the gospel.

That’s all well and good, Kristen, but you have no idea how impossible my dreams look like right now. Yes, God’s given me certain talents, but I don’t see how He can make sense of them.

Impossible? The very word means “I’m possible.”

The good news is we serve a God who delights in turning our impossibilities into His possibilities.

Here are two last “do all’s” to prove it:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” Ephesians 3:20 (emphasis added)

Start by praying right now that God will cause convergence – a bringing together – of the work He’s doing in your life in 2016. Obey His leading, and expect Him to work in amazing ways.

How would you like to see convergence in your life this year?

~ Kristen

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4 thoughts on “2016 Keyword: Convergence

  1. Great post, Kristen! I have enjoyed thinking about “convergence” with you. I like your flashlight analogy, as well as the “impossible” definition. 🙂 You provide some great spiritual direction for us–thank you.

    I do pray that the emptiness (of my inadequacies) will converge with the fullness of God’s power in 2016!

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