“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”Matthew 7:7-8 NLT
What are you hungry for? Think about that for a moment. What do you work towards? What gets you up in the morning and motivates you? What spurs you to action?
If you don’t know your why, you won’t be able to discover your how. Today’s world is chock-full of how-to messages. Whatever you want to know how to do, just Google it and you’re on your way. The trouble is if you don’t know why you’re doing something, motivation can be in short supply. What to do?
Find your why. Why? Why? Why?
Finding your why often includes losing yourself for something greater. Life is no longer about self-actualization, whatever that means. It’s not about dreaming up whatever you want and trying to make it manifest. Nope. Life is not meant to be lived for self.
Life is a service to others. We all die, so what do we leave behind? What is the legacy we leave for others? What is the result of our short earthly existence? Are we a blessing or a curse?
I’ve come to realize that life is a daily discovery process. There are lessons to be learned in every moment. If only we take the time to observe and reflect. God sets the table but He can’t force us to eat. We still have free will. We can choose to learn or we can choose to remain ignorant and foolish. At the end of the day, we have only ourselves to blame for the choices we make. Make good choices. Choose the path of humility and wonder.
When we choose to humble ourselves and trust that God is in charge and knows better than we do, we can be set free from pride which separates us from God and our fellow human beings. There is only one humanity. There is only one God. We are meant to be one with God. The true Church is united with God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ through the abiding power of the Holy Spirit.
We were created by God for His purposes. It’s not a bad thing to be a servant of God. It’s actually the most joyous thing you can do. God is a good God and He actually wants what’s best for you. Of course, you must come to that realization for yourself to live and own that truth.
Some simple questions to ask God during the course of your day are:
- What do You want me to know about this situation or circumstance?
- What is the lesson I’m supposed to be learning here?
- Is there anything I’m missing?
- What should I do now?
- Who do You want me to talk to?
- How do You want me to bless them?
- What is Your will in this matter?
- Is there anything else You want me to know?
As you ask these questions, either silently or out loud, pause and be silent. Wait until you hear a reply. It will often sound like your own thoughts in your head, but the voice will be full of love and truth. God can speak to you. Are you willing to listen?
When we have faith like a child, then God can be our Father. He can lead us and guide us. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
May you come to discover, or rediscover, the profound joy of living life simply in the presence of God. May God be real to you today. And may you never forget that you are saved by grace through faith and not by works. Receive the Kingdom. Be blessed in the Lord Jesus, amen.
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.Colossians 3:1-4 NLT