It’s okay to be desperate. It’s okay to want goodness. It’s okay to want a better life. The problem: our world presents a range of false advertisement. It’s okay to be desperate, to want goodness, or to want a better life—when Jesus is in the heading. Here are three ways to literally change your life this week.
1.) Read Scripture
I’ll be the first to recognize my short-temper when I don’t get much sleep. Anything less than the classic eight hours, I am a straight grump. This is similar to when we live distracted from God’s Word leaving us deprived of the key to a better life. The Bible is able to refresh our joy in ways inexplicable. It activates our soul’s purpose. It awakens our love for God. It initiates a restless pursuit of serving. Take a day, see for yourself. If this is new, start with John and discover who Jesus is. Read a couple of Psalms, find a study, scroll through Pinterest…whatever you decide, get ready.
Matthew 4:4 (ESV) Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
2.) Journal Your Prayers
There’s something so intense and delicate about journaling (I say this with no writers-bias). With complete honesty, something happens when you put pen to paper on the subject of Jesus. Especially in the specific of writing your prayers. No matter if they are verbal, mental, or written; it is direct communication to the King of Heaven. Still, the difference with writing them is the permanency and the option of recalling them. This gives us the chance to see answered prayers and strengthen the appreciation of God’s listening skills. Try it. Dedicate a journal to love letters to God. Because if I can be truthful, that’s what you’ll end up with.
James 5:13 (ESV) Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
3.) Be Kind
I know, it’s difficult. Mood swings are a thing, bad days are real, and people can be stupid. But the Holy Spirit enables our kindness and makes our patience possible. I truly believe our negativity hits our own hearts. I know it tangles our own thoughts. Also, rudeness is a chain reaction of disbelief on the cross—and this is the issue. We can cut the crap when we understand the blurred reflection it puts on Jesus. Kindness brings our love into one consistency. Not only that, kindness manifests the design of the gospel. It nudges those around us to love and it changes our lives.
Proverbs 16:24 (ESV) Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
It’s okay to be desperate for God’s goodness and take in a better life. This doesn’t mean a smooth life, but it brings along hope and it provides contentment. I want this for you. I want this for me. I want this for all of us.
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