There are times you feel out of step with popular culture because you’re uncomfortable with what’s going on around you. It’s hard, because you don’t want to be one of ‘those’ judgmental people who uses lots of ‘thou shalls’ and ‘thou shall nots’. But being a Jesus’ follower does make you a bit of an outsider. In fact, it means that sometimes you will find yourself marching to the beat of a different drummer. And that’s okay when that drumbeat is the heartbeat of God.
Lord, I love You – but long to love You even more. I’m growing in my relationship with You – but want to go even deeper. I’m sharing Your love with others – but dream of doing it all the time.
Lord, unleash Your love go to work in me. Get all my doubts, excuses and questions out of the way. Heal, renew and change me. And fill me with joy, compassion and generosity.
Lord, it all boils down to a very simple prayer. May my heart always reside in Your heart so I can live the Jesus’ Way.
I pray this in his strong name.
In the midst of life that pushes you first one way, then the opposite and then still somewhere else, keep focused on the most important thing – letting God live at the center of your life. How do you do it? Set aside time every day to be with God, open your mind and spirit to God, be bathed in God’s love, and let God transform you into the person God has created you to be. As you do, you’ll discover how God can’t wait to guide you every step of the way.
It’s easy to focus on what you don’t have. Which is why it’s essential to also take time to focus on all that you do have, especially when life’s a struggle. You always have God’s grace. You always can grow into a more faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. You always can experience the fruits of the Holy Spirit – infectious joy, hope and compassion. And when you embrace all that God does for you with gratitude, something wonderful happens. Life becomes better. Far better. Even when life’s still a struggle.
You may go through most days without much hope. Oh, you may have a great job – but not much hope. Or lots of money – but no hope. Or seem to have the ideal life – but little hope. But God is giving you hope in so many different ways. Through things like prayer, just the right words from someone at just the right time or an experience you never saw coming. This gift of hope from God is like a light in the darkness – a little goes a long way.
The new life Jesus freely offers is all around you because he’s changing things in real ways for real people right now. You can see how his forgiveness frees people. You are able to encounter people he has healed. You actually connect with people he’s radically transformed. You can be overwhelmed by his signs of hope that are present when you look for them. And here’s the truly amazing thing – all of this can happen in your life too. All you have to do is say, “I’m ready for new life!”