How many shows do a reunion episode several years after they quit airing? How many of us go to class reunions to see how much people have changed over the years? Even social media wants to help us remember what was going in our past with daily reminders of pictures from years gone by. But, is our place now really so focused on the physical that we totally forget about the heart. The daily struggle to keep a right relationship with Jesus is about a growing and transforming heart. To walk in step with Him does not come easy nor does it happen over night. We must work on it every moment. If I get running in front of Him, I lose sight of where He might have turned off, losing my way. If I get lagging behind I can’t hear Him and tend to just wander off. It is that in-step relationship He wants with us. It is never Him who walks away from it, it is ALWAYS us that falls out of step. We spend a lot of time trying to guess what is coming next, or worry ourselves to a stressful state about the “what ifs”. None of this is easy, it comes at a cost. It costs us time and commitment. There are the statements, I can’t do this alone, or I just don’t have it in me. Those are excuses. Accountability is right around the corner. Maybe a friend, a family member or a church group. Do not give up on this. So, the question is, where are you now?
Matthew 7:13-14 states “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
I have been reminded recently that nothing comes easy and sometimes includes trials, pain and tears. To follow the path that Matthew describes in the New Testament requires sacrifice, patience and FAITH. The path cannot be taken blindly, Christ will lead the way and to follow his footprints is necessary. Satan would love nothing more than to redirect that path and inflict his will on our lives. As we learn to follow, the time will come when we begin to walk beside Him. Never give up if it feels like you are yelling trying to get His attention from behind and certainly make sure not to get in front of Him, you will miss when He makes a turn.
It has been a while since blogging and getting back to it will take a bit of time. There is so much and how to organize it all will come with a little work.