He is calling, will you answer?

“Make every effort to accept as your calling the life I have assigned to you… If I have called you to a situation, I will give you everything you need to endure it–and even to find joy in the midst of it.” Sarah Young

Life; here and now, is what He has called you too! I always thought of my “calling” as something specific that would happen in the future. But He calls us every day! To rise up, face challenges, and bring Him glory. We are called to represent the light of Christ in this dark world.

I’ll admit I get caught up in my hopes for the future… and sometimes miss out on the blessings of today! God has called us to live in today, not worry about tomorrow. There are many people you will come into contact with today. How will you show them the love of Christ?

It’s true, loving others and reaching out will take you out of your comfort zone. It’s easy to fall into a routine, day in, day out. But His calling on your life remains. When you know the love of Christ, His spirit in you should make you eager to share it. His love is so deep, there is enough to spread throughout the whole world… so how about we start with our own little corners of it?

The situations at home, work, and within ourselves may be challenging. But when we are focused on God, He gives us everything we need to endure it, and even find some joy in the midst of it!

My current situation has me in a period of waiting… which is so against my nature. I like to go places, meet people, and experience new things. God has shown me that I needed this slow time to reconnect with old friends, build new friendships, appreciate my family, and grow closer to Him. He has been, and will be, my Joy!

Inspiration for this post is from the devotional “Jesus Today” by Sarah Young. I highly recommend it!

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

The American Dream

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson

That is the American dream, is it not? To have a meaningful life, to be free from oppression, and work hard to achieve happiness (whatever someone’s definition of that may be) can seem impossible. People may work their whole lives, believing that one day, they will have it all. The family, the house, the dream car. I would like to say that those things are good, but there is so much more to this life… something that will not fade.

Treasures

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

How do we store up treasures in heaven? By obeying Christ. He calls us to love God above all, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. This means we are willing to serve them, share the hope that we have, and love them with words and actions.

The Lost

There are so many lost people out there. Maybe you are one of them. You may be living to please yourself, or pursuing wealth, or unwilling to face the sins you’ve committed. We’ve all sinned, and that separates us from God. Whether you admit it or not, we all need God. He is the great creator. He made the earth we live in, and you and I. He loves us more than we can imagine. What He asks is that we put our faith in Him, and believe that His son Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins, and rose from the dead… so that we may have eternal life with Him in heaven.

Purpose

As a servant of Christ, I live to honor Him. I share my eternal hope with the people I meet, build friendships with, and work with. One day all the money I worked for will be gone, or may go to someone else. The business I want to start may not be successful. But since my treasure is in heaven, everything will turn out wonderfully in the end! For at the end of my life here, I know the best is yet to come.

Thank you for reading this post! I am praying for everyone that reads this, that God may reveal Himself to you in a new way, that you will know the grace and peace He gives, and that your life will be changed for the better. Let me know if I can pray for you, point you to scripture, or listen to your story!

In Christ,

Ariel

Thomas Jefferson Quote http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff157212.html

Matthew 6:19-21 http://biblehub.com/niv/matthew/6.htm