Yeah…pretty sure I visibly cringed after hearing that.
Honey, jumping into a relationship just for the sake of being in a relationship probably isn’t the best way to go…but that’s a topic for a different time. What I want to talk about now, is this: Just what are we doing with our lives?
What do you live for? Where have you placed the purpose of your life? What is it that causes you to get out of bed each day?
We’re all living for something, but do we really know what it is?
I say that I live for Jesus, but each day I still find myself confronted with the temptation to jump off the narrow road and chase after my own ambitions. To remove the focus from Jesus, and put it back on myself.
Forgive me if I speak out of turn in saying this, but I’d dare to say that’s how most of us live. Whether you claim to follow Jesus or not, my observations have led me to believe that, most of us, spend the majority of our time living for ourselves.
That’s a pretty shallow way to live. Kinda leaves you wondering, “What’s the point?”
Our time is precious. Just because you’re a teenager doesn’t mean you have an excuse to loaf around and aimlessly wander through life. When did society decide it was okay to spread the lie that teenage years are the “vacation years” before real life?
No. I’m sorry, darling, but real life started a long time ago. It’s today, and every other day that you wake up breathing. Sure, your responsibilities and goals may look a little different now than they will in 5 years, but that’s no excuse to waste your precious today waiting around for tomorrow.
I don’t want to look back on my teenage years and feel like I wasted my time doing nothing. I also don’t want to look back and see that I spent all my energy pursuing me and my desires, instead of gazing on Jesus.
In short: I don’t want to look back and see that I totally missed it.
Whatever your age may be or what your life looks like, today is a glorious opportunity to live for something greater than ourselves…to live for and partner with God. We hear it so much, we often forget to realize it, but that’s kinda a big deal.
So many times I find myself taking my focus off of the Lord and looking back at myself. I find myself trying to fit Jesus into my plans and comfort zone, instead of choosing to place myself fully into His will. It’s hard to live for God–but it’s not impossible. That’s why Jesus sent us Holy Spirit, our Helper and Teacher.
That’s also why I no longer have any excuses. One day, I’m going to stand before Jesus and be held accountable for how I stewarded my time and relationships and words and education and resources–and I will have no excuses. Talk about a weighty thought.
Which leaves me with this question: What are you living for today?