What if you lived?
I am a goal oriented, dream achieving kind of gal. Could you imagine what life would be like if we lived a life of adventure? What I mean by this is...
What if each day we woke up, ready to enjoy every little moment that day holds. What if we didn’t wait til tomorrow or later to do and dream and pursue. What if in doing, dreaming, planning, and pursuing, we left the door open for everything to fall apart for things to go not as planned. It's a life of surrendering control to God, realizing that although we can plan and make goals, ultimately when things still don't fall into place that there must be something better ahead. What if we choose to live a life full of hope anchored in God. What if we choose to live a life of love reflecting the unconditional love of God? What if we choose faith over fear and worry? When things go differently than planned instead of being frustrated or disappointed, we embrace the mystery of the adventure unfolding before us.
I often find myself in moments like these with statements like these, determining how to respond to another disappointment or another plan and intention that didn't quite work out as I had hoped. I find myself challenging my natural response, challenging myself to hope, trust, and love in ways that are not humanly natural.
So, what if you live a life with open hands surrendered to God, ready to have everything change at a moments notice. What if you wake up tomorrow jump into your routine but this time expecting to see God everywhere in the big and small things, in the mundane and ordinary. Maybe for the first time, you will realize there is a lot of ordinary aspect of life, but through them, you're able to see the extraordinary nature of God at work. What if, there are days when you don't, but even though your eyes cannot see, ears do not hear, and your mind cannot comprehend, you trust that God is still actively at work in your life and the world around you. Even in routine and schedule and days that bleed into each other God is at work.
Perhaps, you’ll see your life in a new light, and you will begin to experience the adventure in everyday life as you embrace the unknown and unanswered questions. As you see more and more each day the beauty of God’s creation from nature to the people, you pass daily. When you realize that your life is not a meaningless chasing after the wind, it is a daily opportunity to hang out with God and fellowship with him wherever you find yourself.
Maybe then even the bitter things can become sweet, the struggle can be a blessing for the growth and strength it develops, and all the disappointments and unexpected occurrences become ways you see the masterpiece God is creating within your person. Then knowing that it is not necessarily the end destination of goals and dreams that matter most, but the time spent walking with Jesus as Adam walked with God, that truly provides the full complete life we are all after.
When you find yourself in a place in life that was not what you pictured, make your life into a piece of art. Take your everyday, and live to the full.