I kicked off a prayer series this last weekend at The Rock Church and, given the amount of time I spend in prayer and how it proportionately relates to my level of peace, focus, and ease; I thought I’d give some clues on my personal modus operandi when it comes to this vital component of my personal life.
First, my motivation to pray is what captured me to follow Christ and become a believer in the first place. It’s the same reason I choose to pray.
HOW DID I GET HERE?
I’ve asked this question a time or two in my life. How did I get here? Why am I so lost?
One time, we were on a country drive when Melinda and I were in college; we had very little spending money, but a lot of time. We filled up the 79 Chevy Blazer and headed into the mountains. A day’s worth of adventuring was to be had, and as the sun was setting so was the gas gauge.
Problem was, I was lost. Not the kind of lost where we just turn around and get back to the paved road, but the kind of lost where there are no paved roads in sight. It was before the GPS and Smartphone days, so I was pretty sure we were going to run out of petro.
It happens, this getting lost conundrum, and not just on fun adventures either. It happens in life. No one plans it. But here are some thoughts on why it happens, and how we can get back on course.
Cost of Following Jesus
Following Christ will cost. Something. Everything. Listen, it’s worth it. There will be times where life is seemingly easy. Like somehow the winds of change have ended and the wind is at your back. In those moments you’ll thank Jesus, speak as if it’s always been this way, and basically love the Lord with ease. But following Christ will cost, also.
Like when the winds at your back seemingly move to the front. They are pressing against you. Hitting your forehead like a freight train. It could be financial headwinds, job related, … family related. It doesn’t matter what the circumstance is, the headwinds of life can be brutal. Fatiguing. Eroding. In those moment’s you’ll struggle. You’ll ask, “Where’s God?” You’ll wonder. Wander.
You cannot change the people around you, but you can change the people you choose to be around.
Melinda and I recently spoke at a marriage conference, and during one of our segments, we shared this list of 24 Marriage Tidbits. A nugget for each year we’ve been married.