Christmas in July!
Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Sale ends today!
There are lots of incentives to buy. The excitement of that new car. The beer that gets the girls. Even the coffee that wakes us up. Man, if we only had these things we’d be fulfilled. Our life would be grand.
Okay. I’m not going to lie. Money and good coffee make life much easier. I’ve had both and I’ve had neither. I prefer both.
Then there are the more personal incentives like health. Boring! Why lose weight when the right beer makes you happy and attractive? Besides, there’s a drug for everything anyway right? You only live once. Life is short.
You know what? Life is only short when things are going well. When things are going poorly life drags on and on. No matter what your life is like, you do only live once. And who can blame you for wanting life in the fullest?
I’ve counseled many people who wanted life in the fullest. From sports stars to men and women who seemed to never get a break, the theme was always fulfillment. How to feel happy and significant in a world that lies about what makes you happy and significant.
I helped people find their voice when they didn’t know they had one. In the end though it is never about the voice they use. It’s about the voice to which they listen.
Remember that old American Dream? A job, a car, a house, a wife, a family? Everybody could succeed. Many did achieve these things and many didn’t. To the ones with the jobs and the houses and the families, a feeling of success came over them. There appeared also a spirit of judgment against the others who didn’t have these things.
And those on the sidelines watching others enjoy what they hey couldn’t get, there was a spirit of failure.
That’s the problem when we allow the world to define what life in the fullest means. Some win and some lose to be sure. Yet in the end we all lose.
The people who seem to be the happiest and most at peace have one thing in common. They have faith in somebody more than mere men.
You see chasing dreams is a good thing if they’re your dreams. Chasing dreams defined by someone else is not a good thing. And these type of dreams change with the desires of the dream makers. And when the dreams you chase change, everything changes.
Even religion is the victim of such sways. At one time churches were looked upon for leadership and guidance. Now they are seen as houses of prejudice and pain hating those who want to different.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one steady voice that never changed and had our best interests at heart? One that didn’t define us according to how it could use us?
Sure would be. And here’s the great news. There is such a voice!
The voice is the very voice of God. It is the Word. And this voice is unlike any other voice. God is love. God promises life in the fullest. What does this mean?
This means that no matter how successful we are according to the standards set by other people, we are successful in his eyes if we accept who he is and agree to ow his voice. And only his voice.
Many who have done are so successful in the world and many struggle with their circumstances. The beauty if God’s voice is that his love, his success view of us is not dependent on what we do or how much we have or don’t have. It’s based on one thing.
Faith. Faith in Christ is the only way into heaven. Faith in his voices is nest way to find your own voice.
Don’t live according to the voices of the powerful that try to shape you into what they want. Don’t be a slave to their idea of life.
Listen to the voice of God and be set free!
Andy Becker is lead of Lighthouse Ministries which brings God’s love and presence to the North Central area of Regina, Canada. He is also a writer, public speaker, former counselor, and former Executive Director of a Hospice.