Recently I was speaking with a friend about what I’ve been up to over the past year. Well when the subject of one particular activity arose, he remarked that because I hadn’t been participating in it I haven’t been living. *face scrunched up* Checking my pulse…Heart still beating. Dude, what are you talking about? Got me to thinking about, just what living is supposed to look like. I’m sure I’d get very different answers if I took a poll, so I decided to ask God.
When I was a kid, at times when a subject grabbed my attention and held on for dear life, I’d grab the encyclopedia and read and read and read. Research is a passion of mine. A while back I shared a habit I’ve developed over the past year. In addition to praying – talking to God about what’s on my heart, I use one of my favorite research tools – Google – to ask what God says about any subject that weighs upon my heart…especially when a concern has my mind racing late at night.
This is what I found when I googled “What does the Bible say about living life?” Well several scriptures came up but the ones that spoke to my heart were –
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. – Psalm 37:4
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. – John 10:10
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. – Psalm 16:11
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7
Good stuff! Thanks Dad.
Over the past year I’ve been having the time of my life. It’s been a rollercoaster with some major tests. I’ve been getting to know me, and getting to know God. I’ve found out that I’m not who I thought I was. He’s not who I thought He was either (in such a good, refreshing way). As I’ve surrendered my life (I’m still learning there are things I need to let go of.) it’s being made over. It’s a bumpy ride, but one I willingly take because of who He is, what lies ahead…Still seeking, still learning…laughing, crying, winning, failing…All that’s a part of living. The best thing that He showed me this week was that being spiritual won’t be understood by those who value and choose to live by what’s natural. It’s nothing I need to apologize for, feel weird about…because it’s a CHOICE. We all get to choose how we live and that’s so beautiful.
People who do not have God’s Spirit do not accept the things that come from his Spirit. They think these things are foolish. They cannot understand them, because they can only be understood with the Spirit’s help. We who have the Spirit are able to make judgments about all these things. But anyone without the Spirit is not able to make proper judgments about us. As the Scriptures say,
“Who can know what is on the Lord’s mind?
Who is able to give him advice?”
But we have been given Christ’s way of thinking. – 1 Corinthians 2:14-16
Living is a choice all the way down to how you decide to do it. So yes! I’m living. ❤