what and who are you living for?

I saw a marquee at a church recently and it said...

The Days are Long, But the Years are Short

How sadly true this is. It's amazing to me how much we sometimes have to fight so hard in order to just have TIME. I don't mean the time that you have set aside after working, cooking dinner and doing laundry. We know that time usually equates to fifteen minutes sitting with your eyes closed, laid back in your husband's recliner with your kids pulling the hem of your shirt seeking attention you desperately want to give. But we know this energy has been long gone, sucked away after nine hours of trying to move up/keep up/build up our careers and businesses. All so we can survive, pay bills, go on the occasional vacation, likely with a company cell phone at our beck and call. The time I'm speaking of is different. It's the time you have when you're able to wake up leisurely, take your time sipping from a cute cup of coffee (and not your Yeti cup because lids only matter when you're rushing to work in the morning), and having the ability to plan your day in a way that is fulfilling to us and pleasing to God.

What does this look like for you?

Who are you living for?

I took part in a small group a few months ago and we read the book Present Over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist. Honestly, I wasn't a fan of the book at first. As we neared the end of our study, I read something that struck me as so honest that here I am, months later, and I think about the text often. Why do we just go with the flow of what everyone else is doing? Essentially what the world is doing? Yes its great to work an eight to five, salaried and dependable job, but if we are not in our God-given purpose, why do we keep doing it? Is it because it's normal, and everyone else is working, coming home, having dinner, sleeping and then waking up and doing it over again? Isn't that the definition of insanity and chaos when you're looking for change, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? Maybe it just seems so far-fetched to be able to seek God in such a way that we are able to truly hone in on what he created us to be?

Think about your day to day. Maybe make a mental list of the things you do on a regular basis and ask yourself these questions about each...

1) Is Christ honored in the way I represent myself to the world?

2) Am I living on Purpose, for a purpose that is growing His kingdom? If so, what is it? How do I know that it is my God-given purpose?

3) Am I living to coincide with the world and its ways, to remain in"good" standing and to "keep up" with my peers, or are I living to stand out for Christ?

4) Do I have my focus on eternal things, rather than worldly things, as I accomplish tasks and interact with others?

Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone-especially to those in the family of faith (Galatians 6:10).

Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him (John 11:9-10).

xoxo

Marlena