Break from the Norm
Theme of the Week: Pursuing True Faith
Monday, October 14, 2013
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Key Bible Verse: Going through the motions doesn't please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. (Psalm 51:16, The Message)
Dig Deeper: Revelation 3:14-21
What if you looked honestly back at the last month, or looked forward to the next one? How much of it could be described as God-centered, joy-filled, purpose-driven, or adventurous? For most of us the answer is, well, not much. We go through our day; we go through the motions; we eat our meals, watch our television, get in our beds, and the next day we do it all over again. Is this all there is?
Think about this: we wouldn't waste our time daydreaming about the kind of life we're living, but we're willing to waste our actual life living it. Isn't there something wrong with that? We want more, and God wants more for us. Why do we allow ourselves to continue settling for a cheap imitation of the real thing?
Maybe it's because everyone else does. Most of the people we know don't have the kind of relationship with God they really want either; they don't take many risks, and they are pretty bored with their lives. Living this way seems kind of expected and safe. To find true fulfillment, to experience "all there is," we have to do something different. We have to stop playing it safe. We can't live the same way as everyone else anymore.
—Vince Antonucci in Renegade
My Response: I will do the exercise in the first paragraph, and consider if I need to make any changes to my lifestyle.
Adapted from Renegade (Baker, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, keep me from hedging my bets and playing it safe in my Christian walk; teach me how to live boldly for you.
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