I lead a busy life. I find that my family and my physical body crave structure, discipline and schedules to be prosperous, but my mind and soul crave spontaneity, creativity and diversity to not just live, but to thrive. Lately, thriving has taken a back seat to simply surviving.
There are times when I must force myself to take a step back and re-evaluate my goals and priorities and weed out things that are keeping me busy that are just not that important. Usually this process begins with me feeling overwhelmed, having missed some deadlines - whether "real" or self-imposed, and frustrated, feeling like life is just too difficult and so tired of racing the salmon to the top of the stream.
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There have been so many things that God has placed on my heart to share with you over these past few weeks that may now be lost forever. To stop. Listen. Acknowledge and accept. Then obey His will right away is of the utmost importance. The inspiration of the Spirit is not a switch that I can turn on and off when it is convenient for me. The frailty of the moment soon passes and the opportunity to change a life that should have been touched by my obedience may never come again.
God uses the things that I am passionate about to reach others and also to change me to be more like Him. These passions are my spiritual gifts that were determined by God to prosper me, not to harm me, in every situation, in this generation as He saves me to the uttermost. Not just once from the depths of hell, but daily He saves me from a life apart from God. As Expositor's Commentary says, "...complete deliverance, no matter what the need..."
Praise God for the uttermost!
Lord, Thank You for saving me to the uttermost as only You can! Help me to obey Your will by acting on the passions that the Spirit ignites. Don't let a moment pass that can be used to further Your kingdom in my life and the lives of others here on earth and for eternity. Create in me a clean heart and a new life in You!