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  • Writer's picture~Kimberly Oden

Becoming a Colander for Christ


I awakened this am with a phrase running through my thoughts:


Am I willing to become a colander for Christ? Kinda random but not really...


The thought of becoming a strainer that is sloshed around until the unnecessary & even harmful falls away does not sound very appealing until we remember the purpose of a colander - to let the unessential fall away so that the essential might remain.


Ever since I was little, I’ve found immeasurable joy through organizing...whether it’s a physical space or cloud space like computer folders or processing internal feelings, I’ve always been passionate about order.


Helping others restore intention is one of my personal passions - so much so that when I launched an organizing business years ago, I wanted a name that spoke to the intention behind it.


What’s fascinating, is that my friend Suzanne, (I lovingly call her “word girl”), came up with the most perfect name: Sift


What’s even MORE fascinating is that the word, “intention” means “the state of being strained.” It literally means to sift!


In this day & age of super-speed everything, it is very difficult to slow down long enough to sift & sort, making way for intentionality in our lives.


But I wonder if the idea of becoming “holey” makes way for us to become “holy?


Paul writes in 1 Cor. 1:2 that we’ve been called by God to become His holy people by means of Jesus Christ.


If we are called to become a holy people, we cannot do so apart from Christ! What would our lives look like if we indeed became a colander for Christ? Allowing Him to slosh us around so that the unessential & even harmful might fall through the little holes in our lives & the essential, the holy & perfect Presence of Jesus, might remain?


Are there things, habits, relationships or emotions that He’d consider unessential & even detrimental to His holy calling on your life?


It seems like a tall order, but there’s no other thing I’d like to become than a colander that holds Christ alone.

How about you?


August 4th One Year Bible Readings

💡2 Chronicles 35:1-36:23

💡1 Corinthians 1:1-17

💡Psalm 27:1-6

💡Proverbs 20:20-21

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