This past Sunday we continued our year-long exploration into relationships. This month we continue to explore the concept that all of our life is sacred and in an ongoing process of growth and development. This week we once again looked at the containers or framework on which we build our lives. Most often it isn't until we are near death, or suffer great loss or pain, that we ask ourselves, "what am I doing (building) with my life?" Too often we are so busy with the day-to-day events of life that we never slow down (or perhaps are too afraid to slow down) and ask ourselves some deeper questions.
However, God invites us however to ask these deeper questions. Questions like..."Is your house built on sand or rock? Will you sell what you think will make you happy to obtain a greater treasure? Are you willing to lose your small life in order to gain my life?, etc." (Matt.7:24, 13:44, Luke 10:39). Over and over we are invited to discover what we are really about. Or, as Sean succinctly put it, "what are you for?"
Too often we readily know what we are against-e.g. against the right wing, left wing, pro-choice, women's rights, open borders, closed borders, etc.- without knowing what we truly stand for. We reactively respond to issues that confront us without being aware of what we truly are living for. Knowing what we are for, and living from that place, requires more effort and intentionality on our part. We have to be willing to sit still long enough with ourselves and God to begin to uncover our answers to the bigger questions in life. Each of us is uniquely crafted and loved (Psm 139) by God, so our answers to "what are you for" will be found in our journey with God. Once we know what we are "for" we find that our need to be "against" lessens. When we know what we are "for" we can as Paul and the author of Hebrews suggest, fix our eyes (and life) on that and let God take care of the rest (Phil 3:14, Heb 12:1).
Reflect this week:
“What am I for?" or
"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."
By Babs May-Clark