God never called us to merely exist in this world. When we live only to exist, we are unhappy, unproductive, and feel sorry for ourselves. Simply existing in life lacks direction and even worst it lacks joy. I know there was a time I was only focused on existing day-by-day and it wasn’t until after my wife left me I realized that I needed to do more. I needed to take action and repent of my sins to God. No longer was I going to let the devil keep me in a place where I felt guilty and unworthy to be a productive, fruit producing child of God. God has so much in store for us, and He wants us to live a peaceful joy-filled life.
Romans 12:12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
James 1:2 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds
We weren’t always living life to simply exist; it happened over time as things didn’t turn out the way we expected. Our unmet expectations, sin, and the world choked out our dreams. Ultimately we pushed God down our list of importance and tried to do everything ourselves only to fail. We pursued the wrong things that just led to emptiness; we failed to maintain and strengthen the relationships and things that God put in our lives.
God wants us to live a life of quality, which includes having healthy relationships with others, good health, and a positive outlook on life. But before we can have those things we need to give ourselves back to the Lord and change the way we view ourselves. An excellent way to do that is thinking about how you think God views you. I know I used to have the wrong idea when it came to this but here is a simple thing to remember. God sent His only Son to die on the cross for YOU! That is the ultimate act of love… he values you and I much more than we could probably ever imagine.
Build on what God has given to you and don’t stop. I think we become complacent in our Christian lives and stop doing this. God has blessed all of us, and we seem to be blind to our purpose. We beg to be used by God but for the wrong things and eventually, we get discouraged. What has God given you that you can build on? Well, if you have gone through a divorce you could help others at your church, you could support people on this website, or you could start a website of your own. Has God freed you from an addiction, a sickness, or a sinful behavior? If so you have a something to build upon and share with others. Whether you recognize it or not you have been blessed time and time again; look for those blessing and build upon what God has given you.