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Written by Keith Haney for “THE LIGHT BREAKS THROUGH” @ https://alightbreaksthrough.org
I don’t know if this is a true story or not, but I suspect it is true, in that it was in a book by Steve Farrar titled, Standing Tall: How a Man Can Protect, His Family.
Dr. Robert Schuller was on a whirlwind book promotion tour in which he was visiting eight cities in four days. He was keeping an exhausting schedule besides maintaining his duties as pastor of what we now know as The Crystal Cathedral. As he was going over his itinerary, his secretary reminded him that when they returned home, he was scheduled to have lunch with the winner of a charity raffle. The winner had paid $500 for the privilege of sharing that lunch with the Dr. He was quite pleased that his presence was so highly valued until he learned that it was his daughter who had paid $500 for his “undivided” attention.
This Corona Virus has given time to step back and assess my life. Here is what I have come up with and maybe you can relate to some things on my list.
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Here is my moment of transparency. My priorities get mixed up more times than I can to admit.
I work too hard and play too little.
Tend to major in the minors.
Make mountains out of molehills.
Worship at the altar of success and accomplishment.
My number one strength is competition. Losing is not an option.
I fail to place God first.
My prayer life is sporadic.
I talk more to God than listen to God.
My priorities are:
Completely and totally out of line with God’s desire for my life.
In short, I am a sinner in need of God’s grace.
The world can easily trick us into focusing our attention on worldly things. Satan plays on our weakness. He loves to point out our shortcomings. Satan tries to convince us we are not worthy, nor worth much, and makes us question why would God want us?
People need transcendence.
If the summation of our lives comprises the things we have accumulated, achieved, or accomplished, we are to be pitied above all creatures. Once we are gone, we divide those things among those who cared about us or given away to charity.
At some point in our lives, hopefully, before it is too late, we realize a need to know Jesus Christ intimately.
Here is how the Apostle Paul describes that “I consider everything a loss in comparison with the superior value of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. I have lost everything for him, but what I lost I think of as sewer trash, so that I might gain Christ and be found in him. In Christ, I have a righteousness that is not my own, and that does not come from the Law but rather from the faithfulness of Christ. It is the righteousness of God that is based on faith.” Philippians 3
People are seeking significance.
Years ago “The Purpose-Driven Life” the best-selling hardcover book in the world (besides the Bible) with over 32,000,000 copies sold appealed to the fact that everyone wants a purpose in life. One reviewer, Tim Callies, made this analysis of the book: “The Purpose Driven Life is premised on the teaching that only Christians can live with purpose. It follows that unbelievers have no real meaning to their lives.”
We all need a purpose–a reason to get out of bed in the morning. People desire more than just being a cog in the machine, a brick in the wall, or more than a number. The question people often ask, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” Then add, “… and I hope you grow up soon.” From the wisdom of Solomon, Proverbs 16:4 says, “The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil.” You are created for a purpose; your life was significant.
People need a community.
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What has been the hardest change to make during this social distancing period is community. People are not meant to live life alone. In the garden of Eden, God created a helpmate for Adam.
We need to connect with other people through meaningful relationships. “Christ distributes courage through the community; he dissipates doubts through fellowship. He never deposits all knowledge in one person but distributes pieces of the jigsaw puzzle too many. When you interlock your understanding with mine, and we share our discoveries, when we mix, mingle, confess and pray, Christ speaks.” Max Lucado.
These three factors will help us live a life that matters and leave a lasting legacy that gives glory to God, the one who created that life that matters.
P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !! If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ?? Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.com
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
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