Making a commitment to Jesus means you are making a commitment to continual self-evaluation. Things that were ok for me to do a year ago, may not be ok today. Philippians 2:12-15 reads as follows (in the NIV) “…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure…” What this says to me is that I must regularly stop and ask God if I’m still on the right track. Have I offended someone? Have I done something I should repent of? Am I beginning to live life on my own terms? Am I fulfilling God’s good purpose? Am I complaining about it?
I believe this is ideal lives at the very core of becoming ever mindful. Our faith requires us to examine our convictions often. I have been making a point to do this as my first thing every day and it’s actually becoming a habit. It’s becoming a subconscious transaction between my spirit and my mind. I feel that one makes the other quicker to respond to the things of God. Although it is sometimes challenging, it is also rewarding
Is it time for your checkup?
I know that not everybody is interested in the Super Bowl. However, I am very interested. I’ve been hearing many different stories about some of the players and how they got where they are. Some were never chosen by any colleges and never drafted into the league (meaning nobody really expected them to be great). Some of the players were drafted in the first round and never did well at all. It’s interesting how this correlates so closely with life in general.
I know we all have moments where we’re feeling great and everybody is noticing us and we just feel on top of our game. We also have those days where things just don’t seem to work out or people only see us at our worst. What’s really cool about God is that He sees all that and extends grace when we don’t deserve it. He is always giving us second chances.
How this all relates is that many of the football players going to the Super Bowl next week are only there because they took advantage of their second chances. They kept working until something started working! That’s what I believe God wants from us. Keep your head up! Make the most of the opportunities you have. This week, ask God for guidance on how you can get back to the root of what He wants from you, and give yourself permission to try again.
Acts 19:11 tells us that “God gave Paul the power to perform unusual miracles.” That’s how the New Living Translation puts it. Other translations have “extraordinary” or “special.” When I saw “unusual,” I thought it was an interesting word to put before miracles. Aren’t miracles already unusual? I prayed about that for a while and the word “unusual” just kept coming back to me. Now, the next verse does tell about “unusual” things happening and that’s when I realized, I WANT AN UNUSUAL FAITH. I want a faith that permits me to expect God to do the improbable at any moment and in any situation. However, when I dare pray, “God give me that unusual faith,” His response that has resonated within me was, “Are you ready to live an unusual life?”
What that means to me is very simple, Can I step away from my own desires and expectations? Am I willing to train myself to be open to whatever God is asking me to do? Will I respond instantly to a directive that God is speaking to me?
It’s easy to say that I will do those things, but my prayer for this “becoming ever mindful” journey is that I will continually re-evaluate my motives, decisions, and attitude. I think that is a great way to start this blog for the new year.
If we want to see God work in unusual ways, we must be prepared to live an unusual life!