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Choose your own Adventure

chooseadventureI used to read the “Choose your own Adventure” stories from the library when I was a kid. I liked the fact that I could read along the same storyline and see how one decision could tailspin the story into another path or series of adventures. Sometimes, I would get aggravated if I chose something that would end drastically or abruptly. But, I was satisfied that I could return to the page before the decision and change the outcome with the other choice. There are times in my own life that I wish that I could’ve done the same with my personal story. Are there particular chapters in your journey that you would’ve chosen to erase if you could?

I imagine the author of the adventure series has the perfect plot laid out first before he adds the side stories. He probably ultimately hopes the reader will pick the right storyline that makes the greatest adventure. But instead, he gives the reader the free will to decide which path to take.

When I used to read the series, I often picked what I knew would bring a bad outcome. I did it because I wanted to push the limits of the story. Sometimes, I was just ready for the story to end because of boredom. I’ve done the same thing in my own life. I’ve come upon decisions and picked the wrong one, fully knowing it would be a bad choice. I did it out of curiosity, rebellion, or selfishness. I did it to see if I somehow could change the outcome, even though the Author already knew where the outcome would lead.

Thinking through all of this, I’m reminded of this passage, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV

There are other times in my life that I let fear of the unknown stall me on a page in life. I’d lay the book down and sit down on the journey. I wanted to choose the safe path when Jesus wanted me to pursue His adventure. He reminds me that He is the author of my faith to step into those unknown pages. I need to hang onto the next word as he writes it and trust him to make it all end with an outcome that I could never do on my own. Why? Because he is also the finisher of that faith. He already knows where the path leads and he’s excited for me to follow that path instead of me choosing my own. He knows the beauty at the end of the story. And those chapters I messed up, no longer matter because of his grace and love. He uses them to remind me of where I came from and to be cautious with veering from his lead. Ultimately, if I want the best story, then I need to I look to Him to lead me through it.

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Spiritual Reflections

 

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“Eat Your Veggies”

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I’ve always loved eating but there are certain things that my body starts to crave if I deprive it of good food.  Often times I’ll just grab a quick fix through the drive thru of a fast food restaurant or I’ll fill up on junk food.  It fills me up with empty calories and I’m not satisfied.  I’m not satisfied with my meal until I include veggies in my diet.

Now, when I was a kid there were certain vegetables that I detested.  Asparagus and brussel sprouts were on my least wanted list.  When my mom put those veggies on my plate, I had to scheme of ways to remove them from my plate other than putting them in my mouth.  My mom expected a clean plate at the end of a meal.  She would look at me and say, “Now eat your veggies, they are good for you.”  I disagreed, so when she turned her back I conveniently unfolded my napkin and quickly slid the veggies onto the thin paper.  Then I’d grab another to wipe my mouth and cover the veggies with that napkin, ball it up and throw it into the trash in one quick sweep.  She’d turn around and smile and tell me that I did good, until she caught me.  Then I had to figure out other methods of not eating my veggies.

I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older that I do that a lot with things that are really good for me.  Instead of embracing things that are healthy for my body, I’ll look for a quick fix instead or a way to just push it away for awhile.  That happens with my spiritual life too.  I’ll get busy and don’t take time to pray or read the bible.  I run out of time or don’t make time to do what my body needs me to do.  I’ll read a quick devotion and expect that to fill me, but then I walk around feeling empty.  Then I’ll finally slow down, sit down and savor the word.  When I do that I get satisfied, not just filled up.  God does that a lot with me on all aspects of my life.  I’ll sit at His table and He’ll put a plate before me.  I’ll look down at the plate and see some things that I question Him on.  “I don’t know, that doesn’t look very good to me,” I’ll think.   God looks at me and says, “It’s good for you, eat it.”  I’ll slowly put it in my mouth and chew.  Sometimes it may not taste the best going down, but in the end it helps my body function better.  Other times I taste it and immediately my opinion is changed.  I see that you can’t judge a veggie by what it looks like on your plate.

Those veggies may not look appealing but they give you the vitamins your body needs.  So remember, don’t snarl your nose up at what doesn’t look good in your eyes because oftentimes that’s exactly what the body needs to survive and thrive.

“Let them praise the Lord for His great love and for the wonderful things He has done for them.  For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”  Psalm 107:8-9 NLV

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2014 in Spiritual Reflections

 

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