Thursday, April 3, 2008

thought for the day

" A real sign of spiritual maturity is looking to God not for comfort and convenience but for purpose and perspective.  Comfort and convenience lead to complacency.  When trouble comes, the complacent person becomes critical of everyone, including God. On the other hand, purpose and perspective lead to the perseverance that is evident in those living a truly devoted life.  The persistent person eagerly looks to handle trials and struggles in a way that honors God and allows personal growth."  Lysa Terkeurst

"We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope." Rom. 5:3

I find myself wishing for the days when my life was easier; when i was more comfortable and didn't have so many daily struggles piled on top of each other.  But deep down i know that i don't want to be that person, because she didn't trust enough and wasn't ready to go on the risky road that is a true love relationship with God.  I want the thrill ride with Christ, but i also want it easy and you can't have both.  Life has been to rough lately, but i don't want to become critical and negative, instead i pray for perspective and growth.  I want the peace like a river, wild and refreshing all at the same time.  What is it going to take for me to be Radically Obedient and say YES to everything God wants and has for me!  I know that i can't say " I can't" any longer.  My life is coming to a cross road that says NO once and for all to the flesh and says YES i can because Christ is in me.  He is my portion! He is my Everything.  He is bigger than anything i will face.  I want a free heart, to be willing to face the end, but have HOPE because I have Christ.

1 comment:

Laura said...

good thoughts, Mel!