Living in the past or living in the future. Allowing my past to dictate my present, or investing in the future.
What a challenging thought for this day. So much of our lives is built around what we have known and how we and our ancestors have lived in the past, but our focus must be on the future, on eternity. Invest our lives in that which will last for eternity. There is the challenge. What lasts? What has eternal value? How do I invest my life in those things? I must scrutinize my own life, examine my choices, my schedule, my priorities, my energy and my resources. I want to make a difference for eternity, not just enjoy this life without thought of “forever.”
I love this quote:
“If there was a formula to hearing from God you would not have to seek God with all your heart.”
It’s so easy to try to bypass the relationship. “Just give me what I need to know so I can get on with my life.” Probably the thing that has stood out to me the most so far is the focus on being God centered as opposed to self-centered. My life is really here for Him, to please Him and to see His will done. This is such different thinking because so much of our thoughts are about ourselves. How do I pay my bills? Where do I work, go to school, live?
God’s will, His plan, my relationship to Him should be the focus of my life. His plan is best and right. He loves me and I can trust Him. My plans are rarely right (though on occasion I happen to agree with Him). Set my heart on Him and building that relationship and I will be just great.
Read this interesting article today on macworld.com. In the article is says that “Humankind has stored more than 295 billion gigabytes (or 295 exabytes) of data since 1986.” That’s a lot of information, or at least a lot of stuff pretending to be information.
Here is another quote:
The study, published this week in the Science Express journal, stated that “if a single star is a bit of information, there’s a galaxy of information for every person in the world. But it’s still less than one percent of the information stored in all the DNA molecules of a human being.”
What blows me away is that with all the information stored in the world, it still doesn’t come close to the amount God stored in our DNA. It’s so obvious isn’t it, that we are just the result of a remarkably coincidental series of accidents.
One thing that is abundantly clear here at Spring Creek is that God is at work. Last night in our Experiencing God study folks had an opportunity to share areas where they see God moving around them. It was awesome to hear the testimonies of how God has moved in the lives of our members and their friends and families.
We’ve seen it in the worship services the past several weeks and I am really excited to see how the Lord will work to deepen our walk with Him this week.
I’ll be posting more regularly as we go through the Experiencing God study. Sometimes I’ll pose questions or record quotes from that day’s study. I’d love to get your feedback, thoughts and questions.