Tuesday, October 8
Ecclesiastes 1:2-3, “Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless. What do people gain from all their labor at which they toil under the sun?’”
Psalms 118:8, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”
New things are exciting. New cars, new clothes, new toys. But after a while, the newness fades along with our enthusiasm. This is a common occurrence in the Christian life, as well. Many of us accept Christ and are excited about starting a new life rooted in His love and grace. But before long, that old familiar Sinatra-esque song starts playing in our hearts and minds, “I’ll do it my way.” And, all too quickly, God becomes an afterthought in the rear-view mirror of our minds.
What does “doing it my way” look like? We work toward the world’s definition of success, indulge in whatever we desire, burn through relationships, waste decades of our lives and leave behind a trail of collateral damage. This bleak outcome does not have to be ours, nor was it ever meant to.
Living for Christ is the “ultim-IT” life. It’s a life filled with purpose, hope, and grace on top of grace. When we go all-in, we gain a level of confidence and enthusiasm for the things of God. In this, we find meaning, meaning, and more meaning! We’ll be amazed to discover all God has in store for us if we are willing to do life His way.
When you begin to have an “I’ll do it my way” mindset, having some key go-to verses memorized is a great way to get back on track with God’s purpose. Jeremiah 29:11 is a great place to start:
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Dear Heavenly Father, Your way is always right, though I sometimes lose sight of that. Without You, my life is meaningless and messy. With You, I have purpose and hope. Help me to stay focused on doing life Your way instead of my way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.