The year has begun and many of us have our planners out and ready to tick off those resolutions for the entire year. While that is a good way of living, I want to remind you to live while you’re at it…Live..! Just live!
I find it quite monotonous and lethargic living out a routine and I’m sure you do too. Many of us are caught up in unvaried cycles everyday of our lives; work all day and attend midweek service some nights, rest or get involved in some general cleaning on Saturdays and crown off the weekend with service on Sundays. While keeping a routine aides in staying on track for some, I believe it limits one’s ability to experience other things. There’s so much out there to live and experience than we’re letting ourselves do.
As a Christian, I try to tailor my life according to that of Jesus Christ and so should you. Taking a look at Christ’s life, you’d notice that He must have had a much busier schedule than any modern worker can have today, yet even He found time for extra curricular activities. Why then should any Christian be different? Not convinced? In the case of Martha and Mary, we see that Jesus was rather impressed with the latter who made time to fellowship with Him. Despite her (Martha) efforts to do chores, He preferred the company. (Give yourself a break from the routine dear reader!) Jesus Christ was focused on the charge for which He walked the earth but did so gracefully. He healed the sick, yet attended weddings. He travelled to preach the Gospel, yet He made time for dinner dates. (Ask Zacchaeus) Even at the point of death, He found the grace to make a new friend. He did not live the same cycle everyday of his life.
As you go about your resolutions this year, make it a point to do something out of your ordinary. You have a life but get a life! Plan out activities away from home for yourself. Go on a hike, spend a day at the beach, take an adventurous trip with friends or family, visit a new place, try something new!
Set aside time to achieve a personal project either for yourself or the community in which you live. Join a fitness or social club, visit an orphanage, make a donation to a home, take a cooking or art class, learn new ways of developing yourself, enrich yourself with your culture!
Aside the above stated, the Kingdom of God should not be shelved. Do something to populate it, contribute your quota in spreading the Gospel. Jesus, at the well did not need an atmosphere of evangelism to preach God’s word. He weaved it into what we’d call a normal conversation today. Speak to someone outside your church about Christ, even though you’re a chorister, join the intercessors once at their prayer meeting. As a pew warmer, get to church earlier one Sunday and help clean the chairs. An act of love and kindness goes a long way in Christ also; as you do to man, you do unto God!
All work and no play really makes Jack a dull boy. We have too many dull Jacks around. Let’s turn the situation around. Live! Live!!! Live again!!!
Happy new year to all!