Living a Country Way of Life (Part 4)

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In Part 1 of this blog series, I talked about my humble beginnings and how it gave me an understanding of what country living is all about.  If you would like to read Part 1, you can check it out here.

In Part 2 of this blog series, we talked about how Jesus gave life-giving encounters to those He interacted with.  We also talked about using Jesus as a model for how we should treat others in our own lives.  If you would like to read Part 2, you can check it out here.

In Part 3 of this blog series, we talked about the consequences of not living a life that is true to yourself.  If we live fake lives, we are robbing ourselves of who we could be.  If you would like to read Part 3, you can check it out here.

 

When we are feeling tired, depressed, lonely, or aroused, it’s not easy to remember who we are and what we’re about.  We can easily start acting in a way that is out of our normal character.  If we’re consumed by greed or lust, then we can lose sight of the commitments we’ve made and the responsibilities we have.  When our appetites get the best of us, we often forget where we came from and where we are going.  It’s a lot easier to focus on the immediate gratification that comes from getting what will feel good right away.  We naturally want instant gratification.  The problem is that ultimately, it might not be good for us.

Too often people lose sight of the big picture for their lives.  They feel so overwhelmed by immediate pain or disappointment that they compromise and take a shortcut to get a few minutes of comfort or relief.  But God wants more for us than what we often settle for in the heat of the moment.

Eric Liddell, a Scottish athlete and missionary once said, “Have a great aim- have a high standard- make Jesus your ideal…make Him an ideal not merely to be admired, but also to be followed.”  If we are going to follow Jesus’ lead, then we need to make trying to think like Jesus and do what Jesus did a priority in our lives.  Settling for less than our best will keep us from living the full life that is possible for us.

1 Corinthians 10:12

The Message (MSG)

11-12 These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.

As this verse in 1 Corinthians says, we need to learn from our ancestors.  We need to do the things that made them successful and avoid the things that made them stumble.  The greatest history book that we have available to us is the Bible.  We need to let this book be our guide for how we should live our lives.  If we stray way from doing what it says we should do, we will find ourselves in dangerous waters.  We need to learn what the Bible says and then live it out in our lives.  Doing this keeps us on “the straight and narrow path” and will lead us in a good direction.

God wants us to have a larger perspective in order to meet our soul’s deeper hunger.  Just as Jesus gave Living Water to quench the thirst of the Samaritan woman at the well, God wants us to remember who we are and not be distracted by the shiny objects we encounter along our path.

What “shiny objects” easily distract you?  I can think of several shiny objects that I am often attracted to.  What we need to do is figure out what we need to do to make sure that we are focused more on the “big picture” of life and faith.  Let’s challenge ourselves to not get so focused on the little things that we miss the big things that come along.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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