Friday, January 31, 2014

How to Find Clarity

In my personal life, I have been faced with some difficult life questions lately. I keep finding myself asking the same one over, and over, and over: "How do I know?" How do I know if I am making the right choices, doing the right things, or going down the right path (besides the obvious answers, which I know and try my best to live by, of spending time in prayer and the Word)? I find myself trying to answer the questions with something a little more practical. And while there is no single, set answer, I do believe I have discovered the beginnings of a solution.

It's this: If we desire precise purpose, then we must cultivate authentic ardor.

Simply stated, we must be ourselves & we must desire Christ. We are surrounded by a culture that tends to dictate who we are. This culture tells us what we should wear, what we should eat, what size we should be, and who we should look up to. Culture is important, don't get me wrong, but it should never steal from our individuality. And while we are ourselves, it is important to remember that we must be ourselves in Christ. On my own, I am a complete mess--trust me. But when it's me IN Christ, that's when and where I find the true freedom.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

The first part of this verse is often quoted, but right now, I want to pay particular attention to the latter part. Do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. When I am pondering the same things over and over, it's because I am not being authentic. I am spending more time with the world than with the Word, and therefore, I am submitting myself to be a slave of the world. It's sad, honestly, because I lose myself in the process of that.

When I am passionate for the things of Christ, the things of this world will miraculously matter to me less and less. In turn, this provides clarity. Beyond the fog of my worldly perception, there is clarity, truth, and direction. This is what I mean by precise purpose.

In Jeremiah 17, the sin of Judah is discussed. Over and over (like me), the people turned to the world for their answers. They had their alters and their Asherim; they were slaves to idols & a false god. The Lord even says, "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength" (verse 5). When I read this verse the other day, I just knew Jeremiah was throwing ME under the bus. Thanks, Jerry. But then I was comforted by verse 7: "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord." I want my trust to BE the Lord. 

Pursuing this is not necessarily an easy task. It should be, but sin gets in the way. For example, my pride proves to be a barrier often. It might be different for you. Whatever the issue, it CAN be resolved. Go the Word--not the world. Keep it real. Just be yourself and present yourself to God. Be a living sacrifice for Him. God knows your heart, but tell it to Him anyways. Pursue Him. We must have a faithful devotion to the things of the Lord. This is what I mean by authentic ardor.

By passionately pursuing Christ, we open the door to clarity for our lives. We may not figure out our life plan right off the bat, but God will not lead you astray. Knowing the next step is enough--don't forget that. I know that this post has been particularly raw, but if you face the same challenges, I want you to know that you are not alone. And there is an answer. The answer always has been and always will be Jesus Christ. We just sometimes need a reminder of that, and that's okay.

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3

1 comment

  1. Thank you Morgan for sharing these encouraging words. I am so proud of you. Love you, Aunt Kelli RTR


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