Many people today, are not living their lives the way they want to be living them!
That’s worth repeating…Many people today, are not living their lives the way they want to be living them.
Think about that for just a moment. Re-read it if you need to…let it soak in.
Do you agree with that statement? Why or why not?
You see, I believe many of us live the majority of our lives in a fog, trying to stay on the right path, but not sure where it may lead. I believe we have a desire to live our lives differently than we are currently living them. We want to be nicer to people, or spend more time with loved ones, or do more for God. We want to watch less TV and accomplish more off our bucket list, or at least our to-do list. We go to bed each night wondering where each of those 960 minutes went since we awoke. (That’s 16 hours for those of you that are mathematically challenged!) We know that many of those were spent on the road, or getting ready, or sitting at a desk for a company we don’t agree with, next to co-workers we don’t like, working for a boss that we don’t believe is qualified.
Even more important than that though is that we are not living our lives for God the way we think we should be, could be, and want to be. Why is that? Why are we not motivated to do the things we say we want to do, yet we let ourselves do the things we say we don’t want to do. Paul, in Romans 7:15 says “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” If Paul was susceptible to that, who are we to think we are not going to be?
Pastor Chris Hodges from Church of the Highlands says “Nothing will determine HOW you live your life more than your view of God!” I believe that! More importantly, I know that to be true. At least in my life. And I believe it to be true in yours as well.
See, for the last eight months or so, I’ve had a much more active relationship with God than I have at any other point in my life. I’m not saying that to brag. I mean, I am proud that I am pursuing a thriving and consistent relationship with Christ, but when it comes down to it, I’m also a little ashamed that it’s taken me so long to get to where I should have been fifteen years ago. The way I am actually living my life is coming into alignment with the way I say I want to live my life. I believe those two things are directly related. I’m not executing perfectly by any means. I’m not doing everything that I would like to do, nor am I doing everything that I even think I should be doing, or in the way I should be doing them. I am progressing, though. Sometimes laziness creeps in, or life just happens (as we like to say…and blame).
My point is that since my relationship with Christ is where it’s supposed to be on a consistent basis, I’m also getting more consistent at doing the things I feel like I’m supposed to be doing, and doing things the way I think I should be doing them. God knows that when we’re in right relationship with Him, the rest of our lives will come into alignment. It won’t be perfect, or exactly what we want. There will still be issues, concerns, sickness, financial problems, and a whole host of other challenges that come because we live in this fallen world. I heard it said recently that “Jesus didn’t come to be the leader of a religious institution. He came to be in relationship with you!” That’s where my life is lived, and how my life is lived…in relation to Jesus!
So, if I know that the closer I am to God, the more my “things”, or “actions” are more what I want them to be, what am I doing to nourish my relationship? On that same token, what are some things I’m doing that will cause that relationship to be malnourished? Join me in the conversation. What are you doing to nourish your relationship with God? What are some things that are causing malnourishment in that relationship? I look forward to the discussion here, or you can also join me on Facebook, or Twitter.
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