This morning, I picked up a book my friend gave me a while ago called, "Walking With God," by John Eldridge. Took it to the gym with me, and sweat over the pages for a few minutes on the elyptical machine... This passage hit me today, wanted to share it with you. It is in reference to the question he poses, "What is God up to?"
“Think of how you feel when you really screw things up. The look on your son’s face as you yell at him…How it tears you up inside to indulge in romantic fantasies about someone else’s spouse…The guilt you feel when you life straight-faced to a friend and they find out. The hours you’ve wasted harboring resentment. The embarrassment of your addictions. You know what plagues you. Now, what would it be like to never, ever do it again? Not even to struggle with it. What would your life be like if you were free of all that haunts you?
Oh, the joy, the utter relief it would be to be transformed. That in itself would be more happiness than most of us ever experience. And-as if that were not enough-it would free us to live the life God has for us to live.
My friends, this is what God’s up to. This is where our shepherd is headed. Whatever else is going on in our lives, this is going on. He is committed to our transformation. So, if this is what God’s up to, wouldn’t it make sense that we be more intentional in partnering with him in our transformation?”
If you're like me, you read this and immediately began replacing his examples of "screw ups" with a list of your own. And he's right, what a RELIEF it would feel like to be totally set free from those. And to think, this IS God's plan for us. This is the work he wants to do in our lives. How come I go my own way so often? How come I don't spend more time with the only one who has the power to strengthen my weakness, forgive my screw ups, and change my ways?
Lord, help me walk with you today as if I believe that you are making me more and more into the image of you. Help me remember that "life to the full" is found in you. "For I came that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10