quarta-feira, 4 de janeiro de 2012


Four days have already passed since 2012 began, and i still couldn't reconcile on how to reboot this blue window, one that has become increasingly covered by drapes of shyness. Nevertheless, one thing  i knew for sure: i wanted this new year of posting to start in this foreign language. English will never be the language of my soul, i know it for a fact; but it's a language i'm learning to love, savor and treasure. Besides, it's always a good thing to ponder, write and ramble in a new language. It provides a new pliancy to the heart (not to mention the brain).

English is also the language in which this article is written. "Trading One Dramatic Resolution for 10,000 Little Ones" sums up much of what i've learned recently in a very powerful way. I hope you can take some time to read it all, but can't resist to leave you with my three favorite paragraphs:

"But the reality is that few smokers actually quit because of a single moment of resolve, few obese people have become slim and healthy because of one dramatic moment of commitment, few people who were deeply in debt have changed their financial lifestyle because they resolved to do so as the old year gave way to the new, and few marriages have been changed by the means of one dramatic resolution."

"The little moments of life are profoundly important precisely because they are the little moments that we live in and that form us. This is where I think "Big Drama Christianity" gets us into trouble. It can cause us to devalue the significance of the little moments of life and the "small-change" grace that meets us there. And because we devalue the little moments where we live, we don't tend to notice the sin that gets exposed there. We fail to seek the grace that is offered to us."

"And what makes all of this possible? Relentless, transforming, little-moment grace. You see, Jesus is Emmanuel not just because he came to earth, but because He makes you the place where he dwells. This means he is present and active in all the mundane moments of your daily life." 

And this immediately reminded me of this idea who has grown on me: "Matthew (echoing the prophet Isaiah) makes sure we hear the name of this One who is coming for us: Immanuel. There’s a whole world of hope in that name." (Near, by Winn Collier). If all the other new year's resolutions fail, i hope i can stick to this one: to remember Immanuel in all my ways and allowing His will to prevail in all my little moments. 

Welcome, 2012!

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