Thursday, April 24, 2014

Life Lies

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Do you have to muster up some inner strength to say you find joy in what you do? 

Or are you more like the friend I was having breakfast with the other day?  I asked what he did before he retired, and he began to tell me about his career.  It was not an exotic job like being an alligator wrestler or snake charmer, or playing third base for the Yankees; it was an “everyday” kind of job.  What fascinated me was the twinkle in his eye when he talked about getting up every day, looking forward to the people he’d meet that day.  He finished with:  I really liked doing that!  My friend knows how to view the ordinary as extraordinary.

The Apostle Paul shared a formula for this kind of living:
Don’t fret or worry.  Instead of worrying, pray.  Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.  Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.  It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.  Philippians 4:6-7 (TMSG)
Joy – the kind you experience for real on your inside, and not the fake stuff that you have to work up by going to a party, or getting a drug buzz – is available.  

That’s Christ’s joy; it is the life He said he came to give to us![1]

Today…for you

Are you tired of the “life lie”, the smile you wear to convince others you’re just fine?
Is it time to join the ranks of those who’ve learned the secret of allowing Christ to change your ordinary to extraordinary?
Why not talk to Him about it?

[1] John 10:10

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