As I’ve already probably annoyed y’all to death over, I’m SUPER pumped that fall is here. I just adore everything about fall- the spices, the produce, the clothing, the nail colors, the weather, the scents…I wait in eager anticipation for this season every year.
With September dwindling away and October right around the corner, I cannot help but look forward to Halloween and Thanksgiving and all the yumminess that comes with those holidays.
But then, I stop and think about why I anticipate these seasons, what’s it all for? Because I’m a fool for pumpkin? Because I love having a fire in my fireplace? How futile is that?
When it comes to what really matters- my relationship with my Savior- I don’t possess nearly the same level of enthusiasm as I do for autumn. That’s a problem, folks.
I value my relationship with my God. I know that He is an intimate God who wants nothing more than to spend time with me. He loves me and wants to remind me of this all day if I can stop being so self-absorbed for a long enough amount of time to hear His callings and see His workings in my daily life.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 reminds me how desperately our Lord wants to be with us- For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
We will be with Him forever. What an awesome thing! The Lord of the Universe wants to stop what He’s got on His agenda and be with me- a selfish, greedy, failure of a loser like me. Why would I not be pumped to spend time daily with such a baller?
Last week, my rockin pastor (sup Steve) reminded us how faith doesn’t mean doing good things for God or earning celestial gold stars (to the elementary teacher’s disappointment). Faith is about finding pleasure in the pleasure of God.
We are to be constantly walking with God, constantly moving forward toward God, moving closer to Him.
And whether you like it or not, with each passing day, we are, inevitably, one step closer to the end of this world. Don’t think that I’m an apocalyptic, foil hat-wearing wacko. But it’s going to all be over one of these days…why don’t we live our lives with more urgency and focus on what matters?
We ought to be living our lives with a more eternal perspective. Rather than focusing on what I see and feel about the world going around (i.e.- obsessing over how to make my own pumpkin spice latte at home or if my nail color seems right for this season), I should be focusing on what GOD says about this world.
1 John 2:17 reminds us that the world and its desires are fading away, but the person who does God’s will remains forever.
I don’t think God is wanting us to stop finding joy in things of this life like ornamental pumpkins or honey crisp apples. However, I certainly am trying to approach my walk with Him with more anticipation and excitement. It’s something that I ask for daily, to have a greater faith and greater focus on Him. And I’ve found it is easier to want to pursue prayer spontaneously, to seek Christian music out at work or in the car, or stray away from conversations I know I shouldn’t be participating in.
So let’s live this week in greater anticipation of what really matters- our relationship and with God. I’d say He deserves it.
Today’s Prayer: Father God, thank you for the death of Your son that bridged the gap between us so I may have a personal relationship with You. Grant me an eternal perspective and remind me that Your plan is always moving forward. Help me to live with more urgency that You are coming. Help me to remain more focused on You and Your will and refocus me when I start to get caught up in the things and desires of this world. Thank You for Your eternal love.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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