Posts tagged ‘living’

The Times They’re A-Changin’

Okay. You hate the life you’re living. You can’t believe you’ve allowed yourself to fall this far. The shape you’re in, the things you’re doing. They’re disgusting to you, it’s beyond your imagination what other people might think if they really knew you. The drugs, the alcohol, the sex. Or, maybe for you, it’s the lying, the stealing, the lost relationships, a secret life. You. Hate. Living. Like. This.

The good news is: You can change!

A long time ago God threw you a rope, you just haven’t grabbed ahold yet. See, God isn’t shocked by you, he isn’t shocked by your behavior no matter how bad it is. Why should he be. He knew everything about you when he invited you into relationship with him. Yes, he’s already invited you to be a part of his family. He wants to help you.

I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. Ezekiel 36

If you pray, will God just miraculously heal you? He could, but that’s usually not how he works. However, if you’ll link yourself to him, if you’ll turn your life over to him, he’ll lead you in the right direction. To a friend who cares, to a church that will help, to a family member who’s been reaching out. To whoever and whatever you need to get back to real life. This is what God does, it’s what he’s all about.

The good news? You can change. Start right this minute.

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Mama Told Me You’d Better Shop Around

“If you want to go fast, travel alone, but if you want to go far, travel together.”

Whoever first thought of this African Proverb knew people well. Take shopping, for instance. If you go shopping by yourself, you can get a lot done quickly, but you don’t necessarily get the best buys. However, if you go with other people to shop, you get more shopping done, you go farther, and you get better buys. Yes, it’s the men who shop alone, they’re the “hunters.” And it’s the women who shop together, they’re the “gatherers.” (This is all according to the shopping gurus I know!)

This proverb is true with life. Life is not something you want to go fast, you want it to go far and you want to enjoy the journey. God didn’t make us to do life alone because, frankly, living life is not easy. That’s why we have all kinds of relationships to help us. Ones with parents, siblings, relatives, classmates, friends, work colleagues. That’s one of the reasons God created the church. So, we can do life together in community.

Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction? Amos 3

There is one relationship that can help you to go further than any other. That’s a relationship with Jesus. Consider how you want to live your life, how you want to travel. Would Jesus be a good traveling companion?

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