Pursuing the Full Life

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still waters

Be Still

The busyness of life, the din of competing demands, the pressures of responsibilities and the seduction of pleasures all shout loudly to drown out the quiet voice of our Father inviting us to his heart.

Oh, we may sense the emptiness in our soul, but what do we do? We fill it with more stuff, more activities, more busyness, more distraction. That is not the way we’ve been designed to live, and so our joy and peace will always fall short and we will always be hungry: “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty’” (John 6:35).

In our time-starved, increasingly cluttered and hyperactive culture, we have become so conditioned to instant gratification and fast-paced, adrenaline-driven activities that we’ve lost the art of patience; we’ve forgotten (or never learned) how to cultivate relationships with others; we rarely slow down enough to enjoy the gift of life, or savour the beauty of our world and the joys of loving others.

And similarly (and possibly as a result as well) we fail to connect with God: we somehow believe that if we spend a quick hour a week at church that somehow our lives will change. People are disconnected and marriages and families are breaking down because no one has time or patience to invest deeply in what really matters, especially in our friendship with our Father.

Instead, it begins with drawing close enough to hear God’s whisper, closing the door if necessary to shut out the noise, going outside if that’s what it takes to escape the distractions. And it grows as you spend more and more time with him, opening your heart to him and letting him see yours.

God’s a Whisperer

Do you hear that? It begins with drawing close enough to hear God’s whisper. It also begins with opening up your heart to the possibility of a dynamic relationship with your Father, and the hope that he wants to be in communion with you. It doesn’t have to be dry, distant, formulaic, legalistic or superficial.

Have you ever developed a close friendship with anyone without spending time together, sharing your hearts, listening to each other, and enjoying laughter and the pleasure of each other’s presence? Why then do we think we must follow some rules, go to church, read our Bible, and pray our list prayers to somehow have an intimate relationship with our Father, that somehow that’s how we can know him and be known?

God Longs To Spend Time with Us

If we start with the premise that God longs to spend time with us, can you let that truth sink deep into your heart? And would that change your perspective enough to encourage you to make time for your Father? The truth of God’s love and longing for us is woven throughout all of Scripture, and his actions since the beginning of time continue to echo that truth.

Lest you measure your relationship with God based on the number of times he speaks to you, please hear me: hearing God speak to you happens more as you become aware of it—but focus on doing life with God and inviting him into the inner recesses of your heart, all the good, the bad and the ugly and trust that he is there, interested in you and willing and speaking to you as your heart is made ready to hear. Prepare your heart to hear by presenting yourself to him, regardless of the outcome.

It’s also about savoring God like a delicious feast, taking time to enjoy all the subtleties of his flavors. Sometimes it’s just about hanging out with your Father for the experience of being together without any deep dialogue.

Being Alone with Your Best Friend

There is no formula for developing a close friendship with your Lord, but being alone with our Father moves us from head knowledge of his love for us to real and experienced felt knowledge. It takes us from dry theology to a knowing deep in our soul.

And time alone with our Father is so worth it—it is life-giving, life-illuminating and life-changing. No one can communicate that to us but the One who knows us completely and loves us without reservation. Until you spend time alone with God, you won’t experience this truth for yourself. And he does that in private, just you and your best friend alone. Quiet yourself for a moment, and I promise you, God will meet you there.

You hear that? God will meet you there. This is key to living your life as God created you: if you were looking for the secret to happiness or the key to eternal youth, this is it. This is the true FULL life, something we all so desperately need but so often miss in our frantic pursuit of all the substitutes.

Stop and listen. Pursue the full life that Jesus wants for you.

To read more about this, check out The Fully Lived Life: Rescuing Our Souls from all that Hold Us Back.

 

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