Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Life I'm Given

I listened to a new album this morning, and the first song that came on had these words: "If I live the life I'm given, I won't be scared to die." The artist went on to sing about the value of surrender, and how when someone is able to surrender, they are also able to really live. But, because of that surrender, there is no fear.
This morning as I also visited with a dear friend, we talked about the reality of life and how we have no control over what happens. It's not my job to control the world, my family, my community. Life is about surrender to God's control and then actually walking steps of faith that He is in control, only Him. Living life His way, the way He chooses to give it to me!  The joys, the sorrows, the hum-drum, oh yes, He gives it and He takes it, I am here to praise Him through the walk.
I confess that I do not always approach life this way. Sometimes I complain about the life I've been given, forgetting that His breath is within me and this life is worthy of His praise.  Yet, I can get caught up in wanting to control the surroundings around me, and I forget to accept that it is God in control, not me.
I was reminded of a verse in Matthew 6:31-34:

"Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." (Message)

As I continue through me day and talk to God, I will pray for His leadership in my life today. For the loss of control today, and surrender to His control in my life. I am going to pray for the gift of faith, and ask Him to just remind me that living the life He has given me takes the fear away, and brings His peace and joy.  This is true because the life He has given me is a one connected to Him, heart to heart, soul to soul.
Say That Again, Lord of my life, You remain deeply rooted in the life You have given me, and You ask me to give it to You on a daily basis. 

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