Living Out God's Design


But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously - take God seriously. Micah 6:8 (The Message)

Let’s read that again. Do what is fair and just to your neighbor. Be compassionate and loyal in your love. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Take God seriously. I absolutely love the way this version illustrates this verse. Living the life God designed for us truly is that simple, we just tend to complicate it. Or at least I sometimes do.

“I am afraid what people will think.”

“I am too young, I can’t make a true difference in this world.”

“I am not accomplished enough to pursue my biggest dreams.”

“What if I’m not good enough?”

“I don’t want to risk it; what if I fail?”

Maybe some of these self-doubts sound familiar to you. They sure do resonate with me.

I have always been a very analytical, people-pleasing, type A personality by nature. And then there’s also my complete opposite side that is very much go-with-the-flow. Funny how God designs us, sometimes. While I do think there are some pros to those traits, I have found that I sometimes hold myself back from living the abundant life God has created for me to live. Not the life I am supposed to live for anyone else. Instead, a full life found in Christ. I have to remind myself from time to time, life is shorter than what I can even fathom.

Why would I limit myself from living fully and freely when my days are numbered? Why would I let something like self-doubt get in my way of living my own life? My mindset quickly changes and I put life into perspective, through the eyes of God. “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” Once you wholeheartedly believe this, you will look at life in a much more profound way with a new sense of purpose. I promise.

Just because you are a Christ follower does not mean you live a life of perfection or one that lacks hardship. We are humans living in a fallen world, after all. Life will not always be a walk in the park. And you will continue to have moments of self-doubt. But that’s what they should be, only moments. Don’t let yourself stay there. Those moments are when we reach a fork in the path: Do I let this break me, or, do I let this strengthen me?

My dad always comes to mind when I think of just how much God wants me to live life emphasized in the verse above. You see, he had a very short time here on earth. He was 34 years young when God called him home. Jesus was also crucified around the same exact age. I can confidently say, as would everyone else that knew my dad, he never second guessed what others thought about him. He just looked at life so much differently than a lot of people I know. He truly did live his life so fully. I remember witnessing that as a little girl which has stuck with me to this day. He fulfilled his calling to bless those around him with his kindness and ability to light up any room. He left such a beautiful legacy behind.

The good news is God wants that for all of us. Literally, every single one of us. You have a very specific purpose to fulfill in your time here. He wants you to live life full of compassion, empathy, love for Jesus, and love for His people. To live with humility yet with confidence. To love others but not let their opinions of you hold you back from living the life you were created for. To never forget how short life is, but to enjoy the moment you’re in, the season you’re in, and remember to have fun with a light heart.

Reflection

My challenge for you is to begin letting go of the self-doubt and to know how special you are designed with distinction by the hands of God Himself.

In what areas of your life can you use some more guidance? Your purpose, pursuing your heart’s desires, fulfilling the life God has called you to live?

Lastly, check out the song, All In by Matthew West.

Prayer

God, You lived amongst the harshness that this world can be, yet You were a light to those around you. You were crucified for my sins, yet you overcame death and still, You call me to live a beautiful life rooted in Your love and filled with purpose. My prayer is that You lighten my heart when it becomes heavy with doubt and burdened by anxiety. Remind me of this Truth. The Truth that has set me free from the weight of the world. I know where my confidence and strength is found. I know where to place my hope. I want to live my life to leave a legacy that glorifies You celebrating all that You have done for me. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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