Monday, February 13, 2012

Check Yourself

Some days life feels like a giant check-list. actually, most days it feels like this.

Wake up: check
Go to classes: check
Write a paper: check
Run: check
Study for hours: check
Talk to the necessary people: check
Go to bed: check.
Repeat: indefinitely

This isn't how we're designed to live our lives.
This isn't how we should settle to live our lives.

Jesus calls us to daily take up our cross and follow him. This is not supposed to be another mundane check to neatly tic off our to-do lists. Instead, it's a mandate to live differently. To be purposeful with our actions. To deliberately choose Him over ourselves
While it would be fantastic to be able to change up what we do everyday, we do have responsibilities that we are not able to just abandon in favor of running around the globe proclaiming the name of our awesome Savior.
After all, the Lord has graciously called me to the role of being a college student, and going to classes, writing papers, doing my homework, and interacting with fellow students is my way of serving Him.

Our attitude is where the issue lies. Are we viewing our present duties as items to be checked off? Are we going about our days with this nagging pull of obligation looming overhead? Or are we gratefully accepting each task that comes our way, and completing it to the glory of our awesome God?

I'm making it my prayer this week to joyfully and thankfully check off each daily activity.

Wake up: It's so awesome that I've been given yet another day! check
Go to classes: I'm so privileged that my parents value my education enough to send me to this awesome school and it's the least I can do to attend the few classes I have each day. Check
Write a paper: I've been given such a sharp mind, and now I have the opportunity to demonstrate and expand upon its abilities through using language. check
Run: My ability to even perform this task is awe-inspiring. I have no right to grumble, but every reason to keep my body in good shape and good health. check.
Study for hours: I need to view this as a God-honoring activity that shows I'm committed to the responsibility he has currently given me, and I'm completing it to the best of my ability. check
Talk to the necessary people: God has placed all of these awesome individuals around me and even when it's hard, I should strive to do all I can to build them up. Likewise, he has placed the most amazing people in my life to build me up. check
Go to bed: Thank the Lord that sleep exists. check.
Repeat: with a cheerful attitude. always.

1 comment:

  1. I really like this post Chaney!! I didn't realize you'd been posting lately, so I'm really glad I decided to check it out! I miss you and I hope your second semester is going GREAT!! :D