“‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’”
I don’t merely want to say “I want to be more like Jesus” I want to commit to living my life more like Jesus. I want to being loving and respectful to all, regardless of how they treat me. I want to pray for people even when they refuse to pray for themselves or me. And I want to think first of our heavenly Father before speaking or acting upon my thoughts.
I believe that if we think of God before we act upon our fears we can learn to overcome them.
I want to commit to my personal relationship, not just merely have an intent towards commitment and faithfulness. Commitment is defined as an agreement or pledge to do something; it is the state or instance of being obligated or emotionally compelled. So I don’t want to have a casualness of intent, with no passion and drive of commitment. Casual flings are the non committals in life; they are of the world and something that I used to commit to without question, although I knew I always wanted more.
We cannot thrive in life living just by intent and no true commitment. We cannot thrive in life without the priorities of God first, family second, and career third. This is not Burger King, we can’t have it our way, so we can’t substitute something for first, second, or third place and believe that life will bring endless spiritual and financial wealth.
Even if life seems to be going great with your career in first place, God in second place, and your family in third place (or some other incorrect configuration), understand that the reality is you are running on fumes like a race car that isn’t being properly serviced—eventually you will crash and someone else will win the trophy, cash, and other incentives.
I want to be in the winner’s spot, and the only way I will be is by living my life with purpose, on purpose, with God laying down the track for my car to have a path, and Jesus riding as the co-pilot. Think about it, then do something to make things right. I’m working on getting out of my way and God’s way each day. I have a tendency of snatching the “wheel” trying to do things my way, and God reminds me that I’m riding in His car on His track. I better check myself before I wreck myself! Yes, that hip hop pun was intended 🙂
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, making sure to thank God and Jesus for all that they have done in and for your life. Thank those people around you who have helped support and encourage you along the way. Not the groupies, but your true supporters— the ones who have given to and invested in you to help you reach your goals. The ones who will stand beside you during the storm, not just under the rainbow.
Father, I don’t want to continue being a hypocrite. I don’t want to speak from my lips something I am not committed to in my heart and mind. I want to be fully committed to You and Jesus, walking in Your light and following Jesus’s teachings— not the world’s.
Father, I want my heart so committed that my first thoughts are to please and obey You, and then my actions follow through accordingly. I want to live out my purpose. I want to do and be all the things You have created me to be. I want to live my life peacefully in Your love, following Jesus, and not the world.
Strengthen me Lord. Comfort me Father. Heal my inflictions that cause me to waver in times of fear, stress, and conflict.
I pray to You this day with the commitment to doing better and living better, by Your light, and Jesus’ example, and not by the example of wayward people. Amen.
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