Looking back on my faith walk, I can see things differently. In fact, I see so many things differently. Have you ever been there?
It’s like, you realize that the things that seemed so dire are not anymore. The things that meant so much to you are of no interest now. It is amazing how life with Christ can change things.
At least, this has been my experience. I don’t want to speak for anyone else. All I know is, the more I grow in Christ, I understand that the life I wanted isn’t what I wanted at all. The things I clung to or had to have are the things that I don’t want in my life anymore.
Don’t misunderstand, such things aren’t all what some would call “bad” things. They are mostly just things that are not part of God’s plan for my life, now. Do you know what I mean?
Whether it is a career, a friendship, or something that you have invested money into, their appeal can suddenly disappear for you! Your focus and motivation changes, the more you abide in Christ.
When I really think about some of the decisions that I have made, even as a Christian, I realize that many of them were straight up emotional and all about me. Had I taken time to consult the Holy Spirit about certain decisions, of course, things would have happened differently.
Yet, I know that my knowledge of God’s Word wasn’t where it is now. My desire to follow after godly wisdom wasn’t where it is now. Therefore, I give myself the love and grace that I know God has given me about those circumstances.
Today, I thank God for giving me the grace to grow in Him. Slowly but surely, my point of view is changing for my good and His glory (Romans 8:28). Still, I have not fully arrived. On this Earth, I never will fully arrive, but I keep reaching for it (Philippians 3: 14-21).
You see, my desire is to become more and more like Jesus. Each day, I desire for His ways to become a part of me. I want His thoughts to become more a part of me. As His Spirit directs my steps, I want Jesus to delight in my life!
“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”Psalm 37:23-24