Why are you going today?
Something got you out of bed this morning, probably without lots of thought you got yourself ready for the day. Getting kids to school, tending to your schedule, your work duties… something is moving you forward today. What is it?
Many of us rarely give thought to this. We have moments of challenge that bring something to mind that tells us that it’s worth it. Maybe our family, our reputation, fear of being a failure, or the desire for people to love us.
My question for you is: Will that sustain you for the long haul? That thing under the surface that’s driving your life? When push comes to shove and stuff hits the fan, will it sustain you?
I find that in many places in my life, I still seem to be the source that’s driving my life. There still seems to be this thing that is unable to receive the validation from God without proving myself. Still looking to show off that I am a good parent, pastor or spouse. Emotionally spiraling when circumstances tell me that I am a failure. Thrown for a loop when I read that Jesus’s yoke really is light and His burden is easy.
See, I think those texts are true, but we have to choose to yield, surrender to Jesus, and allow our lives to be sourced exclusively in Him. I think then we experience the truth in these texts. So often, I find myself reading them, saying I will do it, then going about my day not addressing my behavior or belief system.
Take Psalm 1 as a guide:
Delighting in the law and meditating on His ways. Read it a time or two.
What does meditating and delighting on God’s law and ways actually mean? Like today in practice, what does it mean?
Take a mental note of what you spend your brain power on when you’re driving, bored at work, in the midst of a challenge. Do you go back to thinking on the ways of God? Or are you reaching for the easiest out? Believing that things will change with hard work, time or blind hope?
When we choose not to source ourselves in God, we often see that food, entertainment, money, or ourselves are sourcing our lives. This is generally unintentional, but in practice it creates lives marked by exhaustion, burnout, and hopelessness.
Check Psalm 1 and ask Holy Spirit how you can be sourced exclusively in Him today. It takes courage, but you can do it!
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