Most of us live too safe.
Most of us live too tired.
Most of us live too bored and too busy.
We are so preoccupied by what we have to do or what we didn’t get done that we neglect to see the joy in the faces of our children, the beauty in the world around us and to just be thankful. (John 10:10)
I’ll just say it this way. We all have the tendency to be a little zombie-like at times.
*Cue groaning and slow, ominous, erratic zombie swagger.
We gotta shake that zombie off.
I’m not talking about a literal zombie (although I’ve already considered various zombie apocalypse survival tactics and I know exactly which furniture I would use to blockade the entrances to my house).
I’m talking about the way we all get sometimes. We might as well be zombies. We’ve got to shake it off and remember that we are alive. We can breathe! We can move! We don’t want to eat brains!
There are a couple things that help me to remember I’m alive, so I need to live like it.
Sometimes I can go whole days without doing it and by the end I wonder what it was all for. I’m not talking about three songs on a Sunday morning. Just stop. Close your eyes. Turn your minds attention and hearts affection on God and thank Him for saving you. That’s good stuff right there. When I stretch my arms to the sky and throw my head back smiling because I know God is good, there is nothing like it.
Get loose. Move. I usually make sure I’m alone when I dance so I don’t feel self-conscious. Instead of dancing like no one is watching, I just make sure no one is watching. Or I just dance with a three year old. She could care less. Ha.
But not just your face. Smile from the inside out. Smile because you know that you are loved by God. That love is contagious. It’s not fearful. It’s freeing. When we live in that love it gets on everybody else.
Eat to live; Don’t live to eat
My attitude towards food has changed drastically over the past few months. If I’m just eating to feel good for a few minutes but I basically feel like junk for the rest of the time I’m not really living, am I? It’s amazing how much better you feel when you put the right things in your body.
Don’t spend that money
Sometimes we want to buy things just because we can or we tell ourselves that we “need” or “deserve” it. Six bucks for coffee? Sometimes I want to spend a few bucks because it makes me feel like life is more “special” and when I don’t have the money to spend I get depressed. This is a trap. Stuff does not make life special and it doesn’t make you any more alive than you already are. When I got this I found that it was actually freeing to say no.
Life is precious. Life is worth living. I mean, really living. It’s one of the most beautiful ways we show people Jesus.
I pray that our lives would be an outward expression of the supernatural act of redemption. How beautiful is that?!
I shared the things that help remind me to really live.
What are yours?