A few weeks ago I posted a photo of my scrumptious apple pie. The meaning behind it was to share how much we can do with so little. A few ingredients can please a crowd and a few necessities in life can please a soul.
Everyday we face decisions, questions, and possibilities. If you haven’t crossed a point in your life when it was really hard, keep living. I remember sitting behind a metal desk, looking out the window while Coach B went over algebraic equations, thinking how I would rather be working and living on my own.
What I wouldn’t give to go back to that day when my biggest decision was to wear Birkenstocks and an American Eagle tee or Express spandex shirt and black platform shoes, greased up in Cucumber Melon, or keep rolling another 20 miles or stop and get gas in the “Nasty.”
Over the course of my 25 I mean almost 35 years of life, I can say that I’ve made my share of wrong decisions. Those wrong decisions have just as much meaning to me as the right ones. The wrong ones showed me what not to do, again, and the right ones helped shape my thought process for the type of life I wanted to live.
As I’ve gotten older the place I run straight to now is the feet of Jesus, without His guidance and direction I would end up on back road, bare feet, hair looking like a tumbleweed, with an empty coffee cup asking for directions to the nearest facility with straight jackets, cause I was cold. See, totally lost.
*He went to the Father: Mark 1:35 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
Setting a specific time to visit with the Father is part of prioritizing my day. It’s first for me because it sets the stage for the day. Do I want to look like Cruella De Ville getting my kids off to school or do I want it to be more of a Carol Brady? Prayer helps me channel Carol. But first, seek Jesus.
*He served: Luke 22:27 ” I am among you as he that serveth.” He knew that he came to earth to serve, he served the poor, hungry, washed feet, healed sick, raised the dead, he served.
No matter where you are in life, there is room to serve. The old saying “someone always has it worse than you” well, that’s true, you can always extend love to someone who has less than you. There are tons of ways to serve that won’t “cost” a dime. Taking the spotlight off of your current issues and putting it on someone else opens the door to help another in their time of need. Your time will come, we all experience a time in our life when we are the “someone who has it worse.” Love and serve completely.
*He equipped leaders: Matthew 4:19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Jesus knows our potential, he gave us our talents and gifts. A leader commits themselves to developing people around them. My parents let me do a lot of things on my own, instead of doing them for me. They were slowly equipping me to lead my life. Jesus is doing the same for us, if we seek Him. In turn we can help equip His people and make disciples for Him. We are helping create a legacy in the Kingdom, we can take part in this here and now. The more we give, the more we have.
It takes a few life ingredients to put together days that count.
How are you spending your days?
Do you consume yourself with negativity that surrounds other people’s porch, when yours needs sweeping?
Does it involve pity upon yourself?
Does it involve spinning in circles because you are just lost?
Does it involve keeping yourself so busy with lots of little things instead of dealing with big ones?
Take it from Jesus, prioritize your life list.
Simply writing it down is a game changer for you, a list of what you want/need to change. Replace them with works that are pleasing to the Father. Each month I write positive goals, one for faith, family, others, and self. This gives me a little direction for the month.
I am an email, phone call, or for some of you short drive away if I can help. Having a relationship, a true relationship with Christ will change your LIFE! Not holler at him when times are tough or slip in a prayer once a month or say “I’m sending up a prayer for you.” A genuine relationship with Christ will change you and your view forever.
Have Zest, use what you have where you are!