Living Rooted in Identity: This Is Your Life

Today’s Reading: James 4

autumnleafwatermarkRemember, Self, that these choices you make are your life. Your life isn’t waiting around to happen after you get all this stuff done. Your life isn’t out there in the next job or the next house or the next year. Your life is here and now, and if you’re not careful, you’re going to waste it on waiting for what’s down the road instead of paying attention to where your feet are walking right now.

Look up, Self, and see where you are right now. This is your life, whether you like it or not. It’s the only one you get to live. Don’t like it? Do something different today. Take a walk. Watch the sunset. Feel the water fall across your skin as you wash the dishes. Close your eyes and listen to the wind. Sit in a different chair at the table. Smile instead of frowning. Give the carhop a generous tip. Read a psalm. Pray.

Big changes usually don’t work out too well for you, Self, so start small. All those little intentional acts will add up to a life you like far better than the one you’re planning to escape someday, somehow, somewhere. Right now is your life, and what if someday never comes?

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
-James 4:14, NASB

 

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