Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Looking for the real secret to life

Life is wearing and makes us weary.  Each part of it with work, home, family, church...you name it.  It wears us out.

I think I have found the secret.

Why do we tend to heavily wear the burdens that are supposed to be God's, those that Scripture refer as "light and easy"?

The secret is that we want to accomplish life's multiple juggling acts on our own strength, not God's. Oh...I know..I say it too, that God is doing the work, but we sure feel responsible in managing our strength portions as we live our lives as Christians, juggling all the responsibilities and opportunities that He gives, don't we?

Here's the secret....we can't do what He has called us to do.

The real secret is...
...knowing you can't do anything in this life without God's help and strength.
...knowing and using the gifts that He has given to His glory and full surrender to Him in those gifts.
...being willing to clean toilets if that is what He is asking you to do today, and then asking Him to give you strength to do just that.

The real secret is knowing that we are nothing without the strength of Christ in us.

When life overwhelms us on a Friday,
when we are served with our two-weeks notice,
when we step on the scale on Saturday morning and see a gain,
when we have to bury our children,
when we must respond with God's holiness to whatever circumstances are slapping us in the face,
when you don't know what the next step will bring,
when you don't know which fork in the road to take,
when you are chasing your dreams,
when you are holding the hand of one who suffers chronic pain or cancer,

well...what's your secret?

I have only found that the True Secret is...finding strength only in our hope in Christ.

Isaiah 40:31 "but those who hope in the Lord 
will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles; 
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."

Strength of an eagle soaring in God's upper Heavenly draft.  Strength for the weary, strength for my worn soul. Strength like the eagle who soars, high and alone, dependent on the Strength-giver.

God has been using a symbol of strength to teach me about His strength.

This secret is not my own.  It's yours too.  Take part in God's secret for all of us.

What do you turn to when you feel worn out by life?

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