DAY 16

MAY OUR FAMILIES KNOW WE WERE MADE FOR MORE. 

Pslam 42v1-2; 7-8

1 As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

7 Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.

8 By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

 

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Have you considered this question lately? How has God put His glory on display through your life? Today? This week? This month?

How are you experiencing the daily movement of the gospel in your life?

I know for me, more often than not, I find myself in the monotonous grind of what feels like assembly line production. In season and out, each new day, more the same, I miss the subtle beauty that passes by without notice, without even a glance. But what if we were aware? Eyes fully open, hearts awake and ready with perpetual and endless fascination of what today has to offer. What may seem like inconsequential details to most; smells, tones, colors, ambient noises in the background, random passersby, become the setting, cast, and soundtrack for the moment. The monotony takes on new life. The mundane receives a new heartbeat. My youngest son is insatiably curious. Like most six-year-olds, he still approaches most things with wide-eyed wonder. By night's end, he's easily logged hundreds of questions, many of which have gone unanswered or simply ignored. 

All behavior is rooted in belief.

My youngest son repeats this approach to life day after day after day. This behavior is rooted in a deep belief that there is more. His curiosity compels him to notice. His fascination pushes him further into awareness. He believes there is more, so he lives as if there is more. He believes I know more than he does, so he thinks I can answer every question he asks. Truth is, all our behavior is rooted in belief. The garden of everyday life blooms from the soil of belief and unbelief. Every act reveals a deeper piece of who we are and who we believe God to be. This truth invites us to wrestle with belief more than just seek to modify our children's behaviors. This invitation welcomes questions and demands exploration over indoctrination. If life is ultimately about behavior more than belief, our lives will tend to vacillate between wins and losses. We will find pride in our victories and shame in our defeats—elevated pride when “all is well” and thwarted pride when things didn’t turn out “the way they were supposed to be.” All of life will be one great performance. We will be defined as champions of our last achievement or victims of our latest blow. Performance addicts eventually become approval addicts and people pleasers. Our children will grow up looking to please us rather than love us. But there is a bigger vision and grand invitation.

There is something more, something deeper.

 

Freedom beckons.

   Freedom calls.

Freedom invites.