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Lambeth Climaco My First Sombrero

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First sombrero, first successful fitted sheet folding—these are only the tip of the iceberg. Even though I thought by now I'd feel like an authentic grown-up (I do not), I genuinely look forward to many more firsts. Maybe, like me, you’ve noticed that the more you know, the greater your awareness of all that you don’t know. I’m convinced this is a gift. Know-it-alls, in a misguided effort to appear better informed than the rest of us, may miss the golden opportunity to be lifelong learners. A full cup has no room for more water. But a steady habit of learning throughout life may lead to the very best outcome: wisdom. We may be short-lived, like flowers that fade or grass that withers—all the more reason to seek wisdom while we can. We may be dust, and to dust we will return, but while we live and breathe we are God’s beloved mud-pie children, worth cultivating firsts—and middles and lasts. God, after all, invented firsts. God said, “Let there be light,” and the first light shot through the watery void. For every one of us, God has decreed, “Let there be . . .” And it was. The joy and challenge of life is to become ourselves, to live the life for which God made us. And it will be. Keep in mind this encouragement Paul wrote to the Philippians, “that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (1.6, NIV). For lifelong learners, for those who pursue wisdom, life can be a series of many wonderful firsts. It’s a comfort to know that the work God first began in our lives will be completed, faithfully. My first sombrero currently sits atop of pile of stuff in the basement. As much as I like it, I really don't know what to do with it. Maybe I’ll wear it while working in the garden this ! 4

summer. My first fitted sheet feat, however, has carried out its purpose every time I wash sheets. It’s not second-nature yet, but it is a skill I won't soon forget. And as I trust God to bring worthwhile things to completion in and through my life, I encourage you to put your trust in God. For He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. After all, this ain’t His first rodeo. ! 5

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