The response to my earlier email was quick and direct. The words hit a little to close to home – “I may be getting old, but I am not getting feeble!” Since my remarks were not directed the individual responding I did not take their remarks personally. On reflection however I wondered.
Am I becoming staid in my ways? Do I really want to know the truth about my life and where it is going? Are there limits to my sight that I like? Where does my view of myself end and responsibility to others begin?
I think the last question is actually the one I should start with. The question essentially talks to a mindset; where do I fit in the scheme of things, what are my roles and responsibilities, and how do these play out in priority. These are questions that go on to shape most of my relationship points.
I believe my relationship with God is the most important thing in life. The reason I believe this is because I see this relationship as the definition of what I am, the value I have, and the purpose to which I was created. The incredible fact is that the supreme being of the universe has definitively stated that I am priceless, I am created to be a child of God, and my purpose is to live out God-likeness in my relationship with people and things around me. As I begin to feel very good about myself I realize that you have the same definition, value, and purpose regardless of whether you recognize it or not!
I believe that if I lived out my day with this mindset my life would be radically improved on every front. I believe this applies in your life and everyone else that I can imagine. But then, “why didn’t [I] Israel understand that she had no corner on this message?” (Romans 10.19) The answer is simple; I was looking at myself instead of God.
Yesterday is finished. Today is a new opportunity. God empowering, I am going to take it!