Posts Tagged ‘commitment’

A Life of Happiness or a Life of Meaning?

There are 2 different paths in life…

You can either have a life of happiness or a life of meaning….BUT YOU CAN’T HAVE BOTH…

They lead separate pathways in life:

Life of happiness – live in the present, no thought of before or what lies ahead

Life of meaning – condemned to wallow in the past & obsess about the future

It’s a decision everyone has to make. One might argue that a life of meaning is truly happiness. But a life of meaning is truly a lonely road. So in the true meaning of happiness is lonely happy? Myself, much like many other this day are at a crossroads…which life will I choose?

I keep thinking about Christ’s walk for a life of meaning…was his life a life we really are wanting to take?  We may think living a life just like Jesus Christ is happy…but is it? 

I sometimes feel convicted by the over romanitcizing of all the happy clappy things about Jesus.  Because I often neglect the moments of intense sacrifice, incredible loneliness & many hardships & temptations to overcome. 

A Follower of Jesus Christ,

Josh

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Thoughts on Love…

I wanted to try & post this yesterday but my computer crashed with a virus.  As I’m typing this out I’m in the process of still downloading my programs.

But I had this thought sometime ago on the subject of love.  Which I am no expert, but had this mini revelation. 

Jesus was asking just 1 thing from the disciples…”FOLLOW ME.”

So I got to thinking…when you fall in love, it causes you to act.  It’s not saying, “I believe, you’re in my heart, now it’s all done. That’s it.”

Here’s the truth:

LOVE DESIRES COMMITMENT!

It causes you to change certain things to better the relationship.  You’re letting things go in order to hold onto something.  Meaning…whatever you’re left holding is what you love & desire most. 

Life is all about holding to somethings & letting go of others to get closer to what you desire & love most.  And this is what kept ringing in my mind…

LOVE & SACRIFICE ARE INSEPARABLE.

Jesus said, “Take up your cross, deny yourself, lost your life, & follow me.”  He was calling us to an expression of our commitment & love.  Love is expressed through sacrifice & servanthood.

Here are my words, but what are my expressions…my action:

  • I LOVE GOD = WHAT NEEDS SACRIFICED?
  • I LOVE PEOPLE = WHAT NEEDS SACRIFICED?
  • I LOVE SOULS/HURTING/POOR = WHAT NEEDS SACRIFICED? 

Life is not about building mysef a safe, comfortable, secure surrounding…it’s about fighting to follow Christ.  Which = Sacrificing & giving it all! 

Sell what you have, give it all away. 

A Sell Out to Christ,

Josh