November 9, 2011 in Simple Religion
I love this quote and wanted to share it. This fits so well with the theme and idea of the site.
So many people go through life taking the easy path, not thinking of or seeing options. Some go through life trying to meet someones expectations of them. Others go through life trying to impress someone else. All these paths are ‘living someone else’s life’. We are all different. I want for you and I to love and allow those differences to show and grow. To celebrate those differences and be able to enjoy each other for, and with them.
No one can dictate what your living should be. (apart from the Bible and some basic societal rules…. if you get my drift )
It struck me as I was reading The Purpose Driven Life (Day 31) this morning how this applies to our spiritual life as well. God made us all different for a reason. We have different passions, different talents, different experiences, and different hurts. All these can be used for the benefit of others and the church. The last thing God wants is for us to try to fit a mold for Him or anyone else.
I like to think of the parable of the 10 talents in Matthew 25:14-30. The talents are like my life. It isn’t ‘my’ life, but it is the only ‘one life’ I am being put in charge of. I am responsible to make the most of it with all I can learn, and all I can figure out. I refuse to take other people’s paths, or other people’s ideals, or the easy way. It is just plain irresponsible use of my life.
When the master gave out the talents in this parable it was the end result that mattered much more than the process. The first two servants doubled their talents, but it doesn’t say they did it in the same way. They were both smart and worked at making the most of what they were given.
It is hard sometimes to feel that my life is really that spiritual if I am not in full time ministry. I have thought a bunch about this lately and have been learning that my job and what I do is not near as important to God as who I am. What I do is much easier for me to focus on because it is tangible and easy, but my character, how I think, and where my focus lies is more important to Him.
This quote and these ideas are exciting to me. I want to live ‘my life’. I struggle with what others think, but I am growing to be O.K. with that. This blog was a huge step for me. I wanted to be honest with myself about who I am and what I think and really clarify it in type. Keeping up with it has been a great way to keep me accountable.
Thanks for coming along!
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