Defining Moments

Have you no respect for me? Why don’t you tremble in my presence? I, the Lord, definethe ocean’s sandy shoreline as an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross. The waves may toss and roar, but they can never pass the boundaries I set. – Jeremiah 5:22

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photo credit: Alex E. Proimos via photopin cc

We all have them. If you’ve lived any amount of time on this Earth, you’ve been through an event that changed everything.

Changed the way you viewed the world.
Twisted the way you described yourself.
Robbed you of your preconceived notions.
Rearranged all you plans.

A moment that was a crossroads; a chance to choose right or left, whether to forge ahead or turn back.

To hear about my life, one might guess that my defining moment came when I was diagnosed with a rare, incurable disease. That was surely a moment I will never forget.

Or maybe it happened when I awoke with a tube installed in my brain. I was more surprised than anyone when I woke up still “me”.

How about the day, a year later, when it finally sunk in that this disability is forever? That was definitely a difficult moment.

Indulge me for just a bit? I’d love to tell you about the true defining moment of my life.

I was 9. I heard the call of God in my heart. He showed me my sin, and I recognized my need for a Savior. I confessed Christ Jesus and repented of my sin.  I joined Christ in death through baptism. When I rose from that water, just as Jesus had risen from a grave that could not hold Him, I knew that this was it. My defining moment.

Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him.When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. – Romans 6:3-11

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. – Galatians 3:27

And because it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me, (Galatians 2:20) this defining moment, well…. defines all that comes after.

My True Defining Moment redefines all contenders for that title.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. – Romans 8:18

And dictates my response in a way those washed-out moments never could.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39

What is YOUR defining moment?

Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your saving love. Please help me to view all moments in my life from that eternal perspective. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

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9 Comments on “Defining Moments

    • It’s a defining moment at any age, isn’t it, Janis? The angels rejoice, our heart is washed clean, Jesus comes in… gives me goosebumps just thinking about it! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  1. Shelly, this is so profound. Coming to know Jesus as my Savior truly was my defining moment, but I look to other moments in life to define me. I loved this, “My True Defining Moment redefines all contenders for that title.”. So true. May Jesus always be the One who defines my worth and value. Blessings and thank you for linking up to The Weekend Brew!

    • Barbie, I’m so happy that God could remind you. It is so easy for all of us to define ourselves with this world’s standards. You truly are a blessing, and your worth and value to Him are immeasurable! Thanks so much for stopping by! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • Colletta, I’m so pleased that this post brought back treasured memories for you. Glad you enjoyed the post, Sister! Your Scripture is really lovely, the background is beautiful and the words, inspirational! Heart Hugs, Shelly

  2. Thank you so much for this reminder! No matter what else happens to us in life, our truly defining moment is the one in which we found Christ. Blessings to you! Janet Reeves
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    • Janet, Amen!! Sometimes I have to remind myself of that, but my loss of focus doesn’t make it any less true! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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