Beyond Getting By

Besides feeling like a total waste yesterday and Sunday, two things about yesterday made it somewhat bearable.

1.  Tori and Dean Home Sweet Hollywood marathon on Oxygen.

As embarrassing as this is to admit, I’m telling you, this show is addicting.  I have no idea why.  Even better was the fact that Bernie was so sick he didn’t even have the energy to contest my programming of choice, so he watched it with me!  No documentaries on the Discovery channel for us!

2.  Date Nightnot a real one, just the new movie.

Around 5:00, we decided we needed to get out of our apartment, so we went to see Date Night with Tina Fey and Steve Carrell.  Who can think of a better movie than one that stars Liz Lemon and Michael Scott’s originators?  Oh so good!  They have great on screen chemistry and we both loved it.

The movie is about a forty-something married couple with two kids who feel trapped in the ordinary and mundane and are looking for a way to spice things up, but they end up getting way more than they bargained for.

Anyways, I obviously can’t relate to being a forty-something married couple, but I can definitely relate to feeling stuck.  It’s easy to go through motions and routines and forget to actually live life.  We can get to a place where we’re stuck in school, our job, our friendships, our marriage, our purpose, or our faith. 

As I watched the movie, part of me became apprehensive about living my life and ending up in a similar state.  Next week or twenty years from now, I don’t want to get to a place where I realize I’m taking my faith for granted, merely coexisting with the people I care about, and watching as my life passes by.

In Christ, we are offered so much more than settling for the status quo, but am I taking Him up on it?

Am I living just to get by, or am I living in a way where I expect to see God at any moment?  Where I believe that as long as I’m on this earth, He has plans for me?  That I have been created with a purpose?  That Christ has come to give us abundant life? 

To fight this complacency, we need to go back to God’s Word and remember His promises.  But not only remember them, we need to choose to believe them.  We need to pray for eyes to see where He’s moving—big ways and small ways.  He is our God and our times are in His hands.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
John 10:10 (NKJV) 
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.”
Psalm 138:8 (NIV)

Even though the day be laden
and my task dreary
and my strength small,
a song keeps singing
in my heart.
For I know that I am Thine.
I am part of Thee.
Thou art kin to me,
and all my times
are in Thy hand.

                                      Alistair Maclean

“I trust in Thee, O Lord,
  I say, Thou art my God.
My times are in Thy hand,
  my times are in Thy hand.


Blessed be the Lord,
  for He hath wondrously shown
His steadfast love to me,
  His steadfast love to me.”
                                   Psalm 31:14-15, 21

(Prayer and Psalm taken from Celtic Daily Prayer)

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