Part 1: Go to the Ultimate Source
Yesterday I got to catch up with a very dear friend of mine. We haven’t gotten to really talk since I moved to Indianapolis because well, I’m here and Oklahoma’s a very long 10 hours away driving. She asked me how I was doing with the move and starting school and all and honestly, I was able to reply, “It’s different, it’s so hard, but I’m really happy.”
Other than the fact that physical therapy is something I love learning, my transition has been transfused with peace, with contentment, and it kind of freaked me out until talking with my friend forced me to put words to my feelings.
You see, most of my close friends are in Tulsa or halfway across the world. My family is still 3 hours away. Grad school is my world now- studying, learning, practicing, and yeah, dozing off in class occasionally.
Point being, I’ve picked up my life and started all over. Again. This whole adulting thing is overwhelming. Yet, I’m at peace. Unnatural peace.
You see, as I’ve begun carving out a home here in this new city, God has been carving new lessons upon my heart. This time in life is a fork in the road and there are two options:
Live Lukewarm OR Live Sold-Out.
I choose to live a life sold-out for Christ. Let me break it down, because that is a huge, very big end picture right there; easy to say but much harder to put into practice. Here’s a pathway of how to get there:
Part 1) Go to the Ultimate Source of Peace and Love
Part 2) Use that Holy Spirit Filter
Part 3) Be an Olympic Torch Amidst the Candles
Success might be a long time in coming, but that’s ok- It’s a process and we aren’t flying blind.
“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21)
So Number 1: Go to the Ultimate Source of Peace and Love.
Without that constant support system of close Christian friends, I’m being driven to the only true source- God. I have to start my morning with breakfast and my small Jesus Calling devotional. (http://jesuscalling.com/) It’s not much more than a few verses and a small paragraph of encouragement from the Father, but the peace I start each day with has become something I depend on more than that extra 10 minutes of sleep.
It’s not just a ritual or textbook “Christian thing.” I crave closeness with my Abba Father.
See, living sold-out isn’t always evident. It happens in the stillness of the morning before anything really important happens.
God says, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me… If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you… As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love…” (John 15: 4, 7, 9-10)
He also promises, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have drawn you with loving kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
I could cry in relief that I have such a constant and unconditional love to fall back on every minute of every day. Remaining in it makes it so easy to brush off the brambles of life.
He loves you so much! His heart weeps with yours when you hurt and sings for joy when you succeed. Even when He is silent, His everlasting and unconditional love surrounds you. Won’t you reach out?
He will meet you right where you are. He can heal your bruised heart. He will wash you clean.
In Acts 17:28 Paul says, “For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’”
He will never leave nor forsake you, but you must go to Him in order to live a sold-out life.
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