Day 11: Dare to Live No Longer for Self
I, like many of you at one point, created a five-year plan for myself. I believed that I would graduate in four years, land my dream job, make good money, and be able to settle down and buy a house. What I didn’t know at the time was that God had something else in mind. Something totally and completely different. After changing majors a few times, it didn’t take me four, but six years to graduate college. I had to move back home for several months, due to not finding a job too quickly after graduation in anything much related to my degree. After working a very stressful job in mostly sales, a career not up my alley by any means, for a year I did finally land my dream job as a nutritionist. I still do not have a house, and instead I am sharing an apartment with my sister, but I would not have it any other way right now.
When we make five year plans, who are we making them for? I believe that we look at everyone else around us and compare our lives to them, what they do and accomplish, and base our life around what we perceive as the “normal” standard of living. Deep down we do this to please ourselves and to please our peers, maybe even make them a little jealous. We forget that we are not in control of our life, but that each one is mapped out in the hands of God. You make think you know what’s best and what you need to do to get from point A to point B, but there’s going to be some bumps along the road, maybe even a few pits or standstills, circumstances and situations out of our control. Remember who formed you, who made you unique and special, the One who knows the number of tiny hairs on our head. He’s in control and He will bless you with more than you thought possible if you have a little faith and trust in His almighty power. This quote from Oswald Chambers that I took from the book puts it into perspective. He writes, “Faith is not some weak and pitiful emotion, but is strong and vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love. And even though you cannot see Him right now and cannot understand what He is doing, you know Him. The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering. If we will take this view, life will become one great romance – a glorious opportunity of seeing wonderful things all the time. God is disciplining us to get us into this central place of power.”
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
(1 Corinthians 5:14-15)