“Glorifying and enjoying me is a higher priority than maintaining a tidy, structured life.” – Sarah Young
I like routine and structure. I thrive on repetition and stability. A tidy life (literally and metaphorically), well I dig that too! All these things are in my nature and so I know God made me this way for a purpose.
But just like our greatest strengths can also be a weakness if looked at from a different angle, so this very way God created me can be used by the enemy to draw me away from Him. That is why I like this quote from Jesus Calling so much. It helps me put things in perspective – God’s perspective – and reminds me where my true priorities should lie.
So how does this strength of mine become a weakness? I can put all my time and energy into keeping my life orderly and miss out on the great adventure God is calling me into. (This reminds me of a Stephen Curtis Chapman song that is a blast from the past. Wanna “saddle up your horses” anyone?)
But seriously, focusing all my efforts in such a way is not what God has for me! Instead, as Sarah Young said, I am to be living out my life with God to the fullest and in such a way that brings Him glory. When I focus on keeping my life tidy and “safe” then I am doing neither of these things.
Here is a little more from that section of the book which also spoke to me:
“Give up your striving to keep everything under control –an impossible task and a waste of energy.
My guidance for each of My children is unique. That’s why listening to Me is so vital for your well-being. Let me prepare you for the day that awaits you and point you in the right direction.”
These few lines point to the problem and also to the solution. Instead of looking inwardly I need to look outwardly and upwardly. Only then can I truly “live life to the full” (John 10:10) as Jesus states is the reason He has come down to earth.
It also helps to remember this full and abundant life will look different for each person. With my personality, what I might consider as something exciting could just be all in an average day to someone else. And that can be okay! The key here is that we are all listening to God and allowing him to guide us.
So go on, make living out your “great adventure” with God a priority and you just may be surprised at where it takes you!