The Exaggerators

Read: Psalm 33

During these times of holiday gatherings with family and friends many stories are told from the past year or years that bring back good memories and share new experiences with others.  In some cases those stories tend to get exaggerated.  I’m not sure if you have a family member or friend that does this but I have a couple in mind (that statement might get me in trouble).  I guess I should admit that I sometimes fall into that trap as well.

Pastor Judah Smith admits that he is an exaggerator in one of his devotionals.  He writes, “I always exaggerate.  I do it all the time.  Life is never bland or colorless to me.  I make everything bigger, crazier, and more dramatic than it actually is.  See?  I just exaggerated four times in that one paragraph.”  Human stories, memories, and experiences sometimes get overblown and stretched out of proportion but we can never do that with the stories of God.

This past Sunday I shared a message about how amazing God is.  I asked the congregation to text me with ways that God is amazing.  My phone went crazy for a while.  So many descriptions of how incredible and amazing God truly is.  From Creator to Forgiver, from Love to Redemption, from Miracles to Strength, none of the descriptions could exaggerate who God is.

Psalm 33 is a testimony to this.  It is full of words that might seem like exaggeration and yet they are all true.  “By the word of the Lord, the heavens were made.”  “He spoke and it came to be.”  “He gathers the waters of the sea.”  “From his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth.”  Are you convinced yet?  Those are amazing claims of God’s power, omnipotence, goodness, and love.

Later on his devotional Judah Smith writes this, “If you are going to talk about big things, if you are going to use grand, sweeping statements, do it about God’s love.  Go ahead and try.  Just try to exaggerate his love.  To overstate his goodness.  To overemphasize his faithfulness.  To overestimate his kindness toward you and me.  No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to.”

The next time you tell a story with exaggerated details or hear someone else using those words, remember how amazing God is.  Celebrate the truth that we can never over-exaggerate who God is, what Jesus has done for us, and the freedom that we are given through Christ.  It is AMAZING!

Make it personal:  Try to think of some of the biggest words you can think of to describe how incredible God is.  Ask your friends what words they would use.  Most importantly, use your testimony to tell others how amazing God is and how their life can be changed by embracing his goodness and love.

Happy New Year,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church