"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look a the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add as single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do no worry, saying, "What shall we wear?" For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:25-34
Society would say that life is about making a "happy little home"... or here in Texas, "a happy BIG home"! There is a constant battle in my head raging between the standard of what the world says is successful and what Jesus' teachings say about what's important. Jesus' teachings are radical, the life He's called us to is extreme, the love He says to show other's is crazy.... it's also risky, and uncomfortable at times, and full of unknowns. But what I do know for certain is... I don't have it all figured out! We've just began to scratch the surface in truly seeking God's story for our lives! I know that so far His life is far more adventurous, and fulfilling, and oh so much more rewarding then what the world's story has to offer! We've seen His blessings in ways we would have never experienced had we said no to the burden of adoption He laid upon our hearts.
The vision that Christ sets before us to go and Love God and Love Other's "to the ends of the earth" isn't the same as what the world is screaming at us. So we're left with a choice. To pour our lives into the worldly story or into God's story?
I choose God's story even though it goes against what seems normal. I choose God's story even though other's might think we're crazy. I choose God's story even when I don't know all the answers. I choose God's story because ultimately, it is His approval that I seek and I desperately want to be obedient to the life He's called us to. I'm totally okay with stepping out in faith in this journey because I know He's teaching me to truly let go of control and completely rely on Him. So I hang on Matthew chapter 6 knowing that as long as we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, then we're good to go! Every time I struggle with this battle it all comes back to His truth, His vision, His commandment of "Go" to His people... and then the battle doesn't seem so fierce anymore. I choose the story where God is the author, not me. How about you?