Self-Help in a Nutshell.

December 18, 2013

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I heard someone say this the other day and I can’t get it out of my head:

“Jesus is way too good to only be known by old people.”

I have thought about it over and over and over since then.

Basically, what that means is that Jesus is way too good to not be known by young people.

Jesus, the King of all Kings, is WAY TOO GOOD to NOT be known and worshipped by young people.

And by young people, that simply means that Jesus is absolutely too awesome to be put on the back burner until your “later years”.

Jesus is too good to be used as a “salvation clutch” when you’re done being crazy and chasing every worldly fling that enticed you.

Jesus is way too incredible to just be used as your safety guard into Heaven rather than the reason that you live and breathe day in and day out.

Why is it that so many young people say they “believe” but they’re going to “wait to go all out” until later?

As though the game they are playing now is too good to give up for the finale that will inevitably give them a million lives to keep them playing forever and ever?

Unfortunately- being that I am 23 and can say this with confidence- I think so many people of the younger generation do not get it, me included!

We say we believe in Jesus.

But when He instructs us to live in a way that pleases Him, to serve those around us, to live with the end in mind, to put others before ourselves, to not conform to the patterns of this world and so-on and so-forth, we DON’T LISTEN!!!

We, for some off-the-wall reason, believe that we are invincible.

Treasure my days?

Okay, sure, I’ll do that when I’m older and slow down some.

Well, can I just tell you something?

If you do that, you are going to be living with the consequences you earned now for the rest of  your entire life!

Just because His grace will cover you doesn’t mean your actions will not put you in situations that jeopardize your physical body, harm your mental state or tear at your heart.

And while Jesus will always work through those with you, they are not always removed.

Not to mention, why do we feel as though if we live “our way” while we are young, we will live better than if we lived “His way”?

Okay, go with me here for a second:

If your mom or dad(even if you’re 50) asked you to do something and told you it was wise for your life and you failed to listen, what would that suggest?

That while you say that you love them, your actions say that you do not respect them or fear them.

As if the wisdom they impart is less than what you know at your young age, you act out of your own knowledge and you get HURT.

Same thing here!

No matter how much we claim to know how powerful and mighty and incredible and BIG our God is, if we act as though His suggestions are small and His wisdom is little, then we don’t know our God at all.

Friends, I am urging myself and all of you to WAKE THE HECK UP!!!

Life is a gift. We hear that ALL the time.

But how about this…You will die eventually.

And it will come faster than you’d expect or prefer.

What you do until then is your decision, your call, all yours.

Freedom.

What are you going to do with it?

I know everyone has heard the phrase, “Do today what your future self would thank you for tomorrow.”

In other words, the PRESENT is powerful when you focus on the FOREVER.

Hindsight is 20/20 but the wisdom of Jesus is offered now.

Read His word.

Follow His commands.

Obey where He calls you to go.

Do not conform to the patterns of this world.

Offer grace.

Serve other people!

Live for others, not yourself.

Trust Jesus.

Communicate with Him constantly.

Love.

Love.

Love some more.

Follow His wisdom because you fear Him and because you know He is good.

Self-Help in a nutshell: Follow Jesus and Honor Him in every decision that you make TODAY.

Tomorrow.

And the next.

And at 40 or 50 or 60 or 100, you will have served Him well.

Love y’all, let’s live with purpose in mind today!

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” -2 Corinthians 4:16





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