Wherever you go, Go with all your heart

Happy Father’s Day friends! I must say that I have really missed my family lately especially today. These past two weeks (I can’t believe it’s already been two whole weeks!) have definitely been an adjustment period for me. I think it’s just because this is all a little unfamiliar to me and change always takes some time getting use to.

We all have a schedule we maintain usually on a daily basis and for me it was: Monday-Friday – Get up, go to work, come home from work, wind down, eat dinner (Wednesdays go to Wave Group), and go to sleep – Saturday – Really this is the only day I didn’t have a set schedule, just whatever happens happens – Sunday – Wake up, go to church, have lunch (usually with friends or family), sometimes the afternoon was up for grabs for whatever, come home, wind down, go to bed. It’s funny though because the days I would look forward to most were (obviously) Saturday and Sunday- the two days in the whole week that were least likely to be all planned out, the two days most open for anything to happen, to truly enjoy, and to relax.

“Therefore do no be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Matthew 6:31-34

During my scheduled days I would constantly think of this trip we were about to embark on and what all we needed to get done before we left. Thoughts and worries always flooded my mind. Now what I find myself thinking is where are we going to live when we get home?, when will we be home?, will we have enough money to last the entire trip?, and so on and so forth. It seems like the worry, the questions, the troubles, the stress never ends. I have even had thoughts about just going home (I know! Crazy, right?!) But then I had a revelation – I’m only going to live once so I need to stop and smell the roses but not just smell the roses – Enjoy them! I think God shows up when we stop trying to have everything figured out (Cuz let’s face it – that will never happen), stop worrying so much, and start relying on Him more.

“You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgement.”
Ecclesiastes 11:9
I add “God” to the beginning and
it makes me smile because it’s true 🙂
I believe in the saying -YOLO!!! (lol) You only live once! But I think our society has given us the wrong picture of the whole idea. In today’s standard YOLO means drinking, partying, and not being able to remember what all happened the night before. I’ve been through this kind of “YOLO” and let me tell ya…that should not be the definition of You Only Live Once. What’s so fun about drinking so much you almost (or do) puke, not feeling well the next morning, and not remembering what happened?
I also think that people have a misconception of what it means to live life God’s way. I think people have this prior conceived notion ( I had it once too) that following a Christian lifestyle is boring, judgmental, and a list of rules you have to follow. There has definitely been individuals and groups of so called Christians out there that have hurt the way people look at today’s followers of Christ. It makes me sad but I think what people forget is that everyone is different. Just because one boyfriend cheated on you doesn’t mean every man in the world is a cheater, Just because there are some terrorist in the Middle East doesn’t mean everyone that lives there is, and just because some Christians got it wrong doesn’t mean we or Jesus Christ (for that matter) did. I think we also forget that we are all human and to heir is human.
God doesn’t want us to live a boring lifestyle where we feel that we are constrained to a set of rules. He wants us to have fun and enjoy ourselves! He offers us advice on how to live a better life full of less troubles. He doesn’t want to see us hurt or struggle that’s why those so called “rules” are in the bible, to help us get through life with his help. When we stray away from him, life gets harder (or so I’ve found with my own experiences) not because he is reprimanding us for not following his rules but because we bring hardships on ourselves.
All I know is life is full of highs and lows but I’m sure glad I found a relationship with the Creator of the universe to help me through it. He will always be there to pick me up when I am down, comfort me when I am feeling lonely, and remind me that this journey is worth living to the fullest. For those of you who have found this relationship too, I’m sure you’ll know what I’m talking about 🙂 For those who have not yet found this relationship or are skeptical, I encourage you to open up your heart, let down your guard, and just take a chance on Him. He will not let you down and You won’t regret it.
Amen

 

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