I keep a little pamphlet of devotions in my car to read while I'm stopped at traffic lights. Two things jumped out at me today while I was reading, and I wanted to share them.
In Ephesians Paul writes, "I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called" (Ephesians 4:1)."
The devotional then says, "A continuing struggle as we seek to follow Christ is trying to find our calling in life. While we often think in terms of occupation and location, perhaps a more important issue is one of character--the being that undergirds doing. 'Lord, who do You want me to be?'"
This really struck a chord within me. So often I'm concentrating on where God wants me and what He wants me to be doing. But I often forget about being. I need to be who God wants me to be in my heart before trying to please Him with my doing. So often I get caught up in the the motions of life, forgetting that what God really wants is my heart, for my soul to be meditating on Him and flourishing in His peace that passes understanding. It's not about what I do and accomplish. It's about the stuff inside that no one else sees. It's about me and Him.
The second thing that inspired me was in reference to 1 Timothy 6:12: "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life."
The devotional writer, Joel Stowell, says, "In life's battles, let's hold on to the fact that good will triumph over evil in the end, that one day we will see our Master and Leader face-to-face, and we will reign with Him forever. You can be part of this great story, knowing that if you have trusted Jesus for salvation you are guaranteed a victorious ending!"
That's something that is so important to keep in mind when we our struggling through life, feeling ready to give up. We will win in the end. It's all been done for us. Victory will come, and we will live in a PERFECT place for ETERNITY. Yes, life may be horrible at times. Sometimes I just want to curl into a ball and sleep for a year. But then I know that one day everything will be wonderful and I will have complete fulfillment. The pains of this world will have all passed away. And I can't wait.
Those are my thoughts for today. I hope someone else got just a teency bit of inspiration from the devotions like I did.