I don’t know if you read the Word4U2day daily devotionals. (If you don’t, I would highly recommend either them or the more ‘grown-up’ The Word for Today – both are the same basic material, with the Word4U2day version put into more modern, relevant language, and both are freely available on the UCB website or if you live in the UK they’ll even send them out to you for free in quarterly instalments). There was an especially class one on September 17th about living a life worthy of our calling that I want to share with you:
“Paul says, ‘I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.’ (Ephesians 4:1 NCV) What would that life look like? Well, that life isn’t about keeping score. It’s not about how many friends you have on Facebook, and it’s not about who you’ve dated, are dating or haven’t dated but would like to! It isn’t about what sport you play or how good you did or didn’t play it last week. It’s not about your shoes or your hair or the colour of your skin, or where you live or go to school. In fact, it’s not about grades, money, clothes or even about whether that college accepts you or not. Life isn’t about if you have lots of friends, or if you are alone, and it’s not about how accepted or unaccepted you are. Life just isn’t about that. But life is about who you choose to love. It’s about how you feel about yourself. It’s about trust, happiness and compassion. It’s about sticking up for your friends and replacing hate with love. Life is about avoiding jealousy, overcoming ignorance and building confidence. It’s about what you say and what you mean. It’s about seeing people for who they are and not what they have. Most of all, it’s about choosing to use your life to touch someone else’s in a way that could never have been achieved otherwise. These choices are what life’s about.” Word 4U 2Day September 17th 2009. Available freely from UCB – www.UCB.co.uk
So I urge you today to take that onboard, to use your choices to impact on the lives of others in a powerful, positive way. Don’t go through life focusing on trivial things, but in all things aim to make the main thing (our calling from God) your main thing. And if you don’t currently read the Word4U2day check it out too.