Have you ever gone on a trip where you didn’t have to plan anything? There were no worries, except to show up and enjoy. Each day brought a new adventure. Everything was carefully planned out by whoever set it up…maybe a tour guide. All you had to be was willing to follow.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could live each day like it was an adventure? Instead of trying to make things happen ourselves during the day, we were able to simply enjoy it? Well, I believe that the Lord wants that kind of life for us. He wants to be that kind of guide for our lives. We can literally live each day alert to what God has prepared for us. Waking up knowing that He’s in control of all our steps, and that He’s with us every moment, whether we sense His presence or not. Even during the tough times.
May we each be willing to follow him wherever He leads. Because He is there. No matter how steep or treacherous our path before us, the safest place to be is by His side. 1 Peter 2:21 says: “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.”
Adopted from the “Jesus Calling” book by Sarah Young
Take a look at this short video from our ministry partners, Stand for Truth. Joel Penton and the band “Attaboy” are doing amazing work visiting youth and school systems within our Pizza Ranch towns chain wide! Their work is, no doubt, having lasting impact for years to come!
There is Still Time to Plan for Improvement and a Pursue Your Dreams 2017
What New Year’s resolutions or improvement plans have you made to pursue your dreams in 2017? Don’t worry if you have not done this yet, be encouraged as there is still time. As the famous Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” If nothing else, make today one that you seek God’s guidance and direction and help you identify one big thing that you can chase in 2017!
John 6 opens with the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 out in a deserted area by the Sea of Galilee. When the people saw his miracles, they became so consumed with him that they were ready to follow him anywhere. And they did. Even when Jesus slipped away, walking out to his disciples out on the lake, they found him on the other side. They were attracted to, and wanted to be around Jesus.
What brings you to Jesus today? Is it tradition? It’s how you were raised? Is it because you want to be blessed? What’s in it for you? Do you need to be healed. Is there problems to be solved? Is there a marriage on the rocks? Is it about physical needs like food and shelter? I’m sure we all could come up with some examples from our own lives.
John 6:66 says that after Jesus began to tell folks about the true cost, or the difficulties associated with living a life with him, that some began to “turn back and no longer follow.” Although they were attracted to what he was doing, they weren’t so excited about the work involved in following him. Jesus didn’t, nor does he, want us to follow him because of all the needs, or the blessings. He wants to be followed because of who he is. He wants us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him daily.
May we each be attracted to the person of Jesus. And may the good lord help each of us to discover how we can best pick up our cross for him.