I love a good movie. I am easily absorbed into a good plot twist, creative new worlds, and dazzling characters.
Then I return to my reality. Boring compared to life-and-death games of Panem, the Avengers saving the world, or the tragic romance of Hazel and Gus. My daily challenges of getting up and going to work and doing chores do not rank up there with alternate world of the cinema.
It is in this daily, ordinary life filled with it’s daily ordinary choices where we most experience God. And this is where I most want to be. It’s here that we find our place and our mission. The Lord speaks into the stillness of our prayer time, through the voice of a friend, and in the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit.
As believers, we desire a faithful life committed to Christ. Decisions, large and small, ought to reflect our desire to glorify God. Life’s challenges, however, thwart these efforts. Overlapping commitments crowd our calendars and consume time needed for care of others and ourselves. My daily choices soon leave my faith tucked away on the shelf with my Bible.
I have good intentions of sharing the gospel and of maintaining daily times for prayer and study. Somehow, though, I allow appointments and meetings to encroach into these times. Over the years, weekend retreats have played a valuable role of re-invigorating my commitment to the practice of spiritual disciplines. But, alas, stuff inches onto my calendar and my resolve softens.
Finally in my fifth decade of life, I’m grasping the principles of perseverance. It’s a matter of ordinary choices. Steady day-to-day decisions accumulate into weeks and months and years of faithful living. Each choice builds on the one before and lays the foundation for another.
The Lord calls us to incremental ministry: one day at a time we can serve those in need, share His word, and pray for people. Everyone can be engaged in that story! Imagine being a part of something that will change a person’s life for all of eternity! Our God has entrusted us to be His hand and His feet on this planet on this day and in this year.
Now THAT is reality!!
Posted by Sharon R Hoover