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Colossians 2:6-19, Fullness of Life in Christ

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See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.
— Colossians 2:8

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, July 11, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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What a beautiful picture! Fullness of life in Christ is not the fulfillment of the law (following with perfection the rules and laws of the land), but it is the growth of the body of Christ – it lives and breathes. 

The law stifles. How impossible it is to do everything correctly! How suffocating to try to do what is right – especially when humans cannot even agree to what is right and what is wrong. For a time I worked hard to become more physically healthy. What I found in the process of learning is that it is nearly impossible to satisfy all the tenets of healthy living and at the same time lift up other values as well. 

When I tried to eat less processed foods and more organics, I found that the prices of many organic and whole foods are much higher than processed foods. So while I improved my health, I damaged my pocketbook and became a less frugal steward of the gifts God had given me. 

When I tried to follow a diet low in carbs, I learned that many proteins can be detrimental not only to health, but also to the environment. Chicken, it seems, can be linked to certain cancers, as can beef and pork. And the ozone has been damaged by the gasses produced by cattle raised for beef and milk. 

When I tried to eat vegan – well, let's be honest – this girl couldn't find enough to eat in a day. Juicing just about made me sick, and quinoa is just not tasty. I guess I'm just too old and set in my ways to make a change that major. 

Throughout my health journey I found myself stuck between a rock and a hard place more than once. It seems trying to satisfy the law is not life giving at all, if even possible. 

No, peace is found in the flawed, messy, disorganized stuff of life. I find life in the mistakes, in the shared experiences, in the learning, and in the trying more than the succeeding. Jesus meets us in the muck – growth happens from the dirt on up.  

Lord, bless all my messes. Help me to accept them. Amen.

 

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