When an inordinate amount of resources (time, money and energy) are spent on pursuits that focus on making us look good or feel better about who we are rather than bringing Him glory, it is often an indication that God is not Lord over that area. As I struggle through the ups and downs of becoming free from disordered eating, I read a lot of helpful blogs and books on the subject. One author/blog writer extended a challenge to readers at the end of the first chapter in her book Love Your Body.
Write what you would really like to say about your life and yourself if you lived to the age of ninety. It might just be the catalyst you need to change…
The idea behind the challenge is that there are many other choices for how we could spend our time, energy and money than on how to make our bodies (lives, children, spouses, ________) into what we perceive they should be. Here is my short but hopefully impactful list.
I want to be remembered for:
- The way I loved and served God through loving and serving people.
- How I loved to have fun and laugh.
- Inviting others into my life (and home) no matter how either of those look at the moment.
- Teaching others about the things for which I am passionate – Jesus Christ, the Bible, being a wife, cooking, etc.
- Not being afraid to jump into someone’s life in order to help them.
- Never being satisfied with where I am in my spiritual walk.
- Taking the time to stop and listen – no matter how busy life be at the moment.
Now for the hard part – putting feet to these goals (James 2:14-16). The list below is not to pat myself on the back, but rather to give God praise for how greatly He can work in the life of this self-centered sinner. So far this week I have taken the opportunity to:
- Go for a walk with my husband even though my to-do list wasn’t complete.
- Send an overwrought friend pizza for dinner.
- Opened up about my hurts and failures to show someone that God is faithful even though life is hard.
- Read my Bible even though I only had 10 minutes before the next thing on my list.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Now it’s your turn.
- Has God pointed out to you an area in your life where you are spending too many resources?
- What could your life look if you repented and allowed God to have control over that area?
- At the end of your life, what do you want to be remembered for?
- What are some ways that you plan on taking steps toward at least one of the items on your list?
I would love for you to take the time to share your list with me by replying below.