I stood in my kitchen mixing, pouring, and measuring out ingredients to make dinner. I started thinking about how we always have to have things “exact”.
I need to know exactly when I need to be somewhere, I need to know exactly how much my monthly bills will cost, I need to know exactly how much of a seasoning to add to this recipe, and I need to know what I am doing with my day. This may sound ridiculous when it is written out, but I am pretty sure I am not alone in thinking this way. As I began to analyze my thought process, I started to notice major flaws in it.
We are self absorbed to the max.
We rely too much on things. That includes money, friends, family, or a job.
We believe that we need to have things exact, in place, or measured out according to our day and purpose, at all times. (We may deny this belief, but I challenge you to step back and take a look at how you are living your life and see if the outcome of our actions matches this thought process.)
I see this pattern and thought process lived out in almost every person's life, in one way or another. Including myself. That being said… How do we change our focus and the way we live our our lives?
Recognize your position and value.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” - Romans 3.23
You failed. You have no reason to boast in yourself, or gloat about how great you are. God created you to glorify Him, and you ruined that early on... We all did.
We have fallen, and we are worth nothing if we are not in Christ.
Recognize that sometimes… Things cannot be measured.
“God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” - Romans 5.8
There is no way that we are able to process or measure Christ’s love for us. Despite the fact that we have fallen short of His glory, that we do not deserve His love or affection. Christ knew all of that, He was not blindsided by how stupid or flawed we were. He knows your mistakes and shortcomings, and He died for you. He saw you still sinning, still standing in a pile of failure, mistakes, wrong decisions, and regrets…. And He said “I love you”.
This is personal, this is relational, and it is the most important thing you could ever listen to. Realize how valuable you are to Him.
Recognize when you need to simplify your life.
Life can be completely chaotic. When you throw work, school, friends, family, and other responsibilities in a blender… Sometimes, it comes out tasting a little funky.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him." - John 3.16-17
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” -Matthew 28.19-20
If you have yet to surrender your life to the Lord, there is no better time than now to do so.
If you have… Surrender the things in your life that cloud your vision. Give up the materialistic items that distract you from spending time with The Lord. You have been called, you have been commissioned to share what God has done in your life. There is not one single thing in your life that is more important than sharing about how Good our God is and the truth of who He is. Stop making excuses, stop spending so much time on things that do not matter.
- Ellie Stephan