Far too many times, our lives turn into a ride on the local bullet train. We climb on board, pay the toll, sit down and zoom off toward our destination. Too many times, there is no thought put into the ride for it has become a ritual instead of an adventure.
When looking at those who really walked with God in the Bible, there is little doubt that in most cases their lives were an adventure instead of a mundane rut. Whether it was Abraham living out of tents, Moses wandering in the wilderness, David running from Saul, the 12 disciples sleeping on boats or the Apostle Paul traveling all over the place, they all trusted God to lead them where HE wanted them to be.
I am painfully aware of my inadequacies, bad habits, shortcomings and mistakes. I have spent a lifetime carrying the burden of consequences for sins committed many years ago. Long ago I confessed these sins and God forgave them, but for the rest of this life I must deal with the consequences of those lapses in judgment.
For years I have known full well my limitations, restrictions and the rules I am expected by God to follow. By God’s mercy, I have been allowed to keep living and giving, but unlike in my youth, my life must fit within the boundaries God laid out for me. Most people do not understand this and either judge me or prod me to do things their way. Unfortunately I must stay true to the Word and will of God for my life.
A few years ago, in my zeal and enthusiasm relating to a new adventure God led me on, I inadvertently violated some of those rules laid out for me and suffered the consequences. God did not punish me but rather I punished myself by allowing myself to do things that magnified me instead of HIM and opened the door for my past to be drug out of the closet and re-examined.
I try not to live in the past for there is no profit in doing so. But, I must live in the present abiding by the boundaries God has set forth for my life. One of the boundaries deals with laboring, giving and serving in obscurity without bringing any attention to myself. That is why I remain anonymous except for occasionally using my first name. I am content to forever be known as only “B2Y”.
I am excited to learn of what adventure God has in store for me but I know that whatever it is, there will be no self-glory, no commendations, no notoriety and no self-gain. Knowing this brings me great comfort and joy. God knows that I would much rather labor in obscurity than be the one everyone loves, adores and wants to emulate.
All of us should take time occasionally to make sure we are securely in the middle of God’s will for our lives. It is worth it!
"All of us should take time occasionally to make sure we are securely in the middle of God’s will for our lives. It is worth it! "
Hummm -I'm thinking all of us at one time at another have had those times we just wanted to be acknowledged and adored. It's usually short lived and gives little satisfaction.
We truly do need to keep a close watch on our "feelings". Let God be glorified through me - let me not seek glory for myself.
Ones life is much happier and more fulfilled when God receives the glory.
Blessings my Friend
This is a very good question to ask ourselves. I suspect that far too often we are serving ourselves rather than God. :(
When others look at us, may they see Christ instead.