(Final post in a series collaboration)
This series has been fun to read. I want to thank my four guest bloggers-Rick Howell, Frank Welch, Shelby Welch, and David Goodman.
Now it’s my turn to share how God made himself known to me in 2019. And my answer is quite different from theirs, but it is the core of mine and God’s 2019 connection. And it’s one word: Conviction.
Conviction is one of those lovely English words that has multiple meanings:
- Being convicted
- A firm opinion or belief
Conviction convicts. Shows me I have more room to grow.
Conviction convinces. Assures me I’m not alone.
Godly conviction is much like when a parent disciplines a child. If done right, the child knows they messed up, knows what is expected, and knows they are still in the family regardless.
2019 had plenty conviction for me. Most notably on a February day, but many times throughout the year. For me to say that is how God made himself known to me is actually quite comforting.
Why? Because of the manner and the result.
It was not, “Hey Boy! Don’t you hear me? Don’t make me come down there!”
It was more like, “Son, no matter what you do, you are mine. You are in the family. I believe you desire better. You agree? Let’s fix what when wrong and then figure out how to move forward better.”
Discipline done right includes a balance of grace and truth, love and correction.
I am known because of conviction. I am known by establishing conviction. I welcome being known even more in 2020.