Who or what is lord of your life?
For me, Jesus is Lord. If I’m being totally honest with myself, on a day-to-day basis different things will fight to rival what will be on the throne of my life. If it’s food, then that means taking food off of the throne and putting Jesus back on. If it’s social media, take it off. If it’s popularity, sports or success, take it off. We need to discipline our simple minds to put Jesus where He deserves to be.
Our church has been meeting outdoors in California. Sometimes it’s really hot or really cold, but I’ve found that I really don’t care. Since we weren’t able to meet together as a church for so long due to COVID-19, I’m just thankful to be able to worship collectively. But I do have to constantly remind myself that I want God to be Lord over my life. And it takes intentionality to make the decisions to influence that; it’s not just a feeling.
There are times in my life when I’ve become stuck thinking about God only in a sort of reverent fear, seeing Him as Holy God, which He is. But I have to remember that He sees me as His daughter; He is my Dad. That brings me to tears. As an athlete, I’ve mainly had male coaches who are in the role of an instructor or disciplinarian. My earthly father has also had a very disciplinarian role in my life, which I am thankful for. So that is the consistent picture I’ve had of men for a long time. When I stop to contemplate the soft, nurturing nature of God that He has toward me as His child, I’m amazed. I realize just how important it is to view all the aspects of God’s character instead of focusing solely on one.
When I think about Jesus reclining and having supper with His disciples, I can’t help but think how insane it would be to be in the actual presence of God. As Christians, that is our goal — to be in the presence of God for eternity. That is what makes Heaven paradise. Sometimes we can make Heaven something we look forward to because of what may be there in addition to God, but even if we are simply in the presence of the Almighty and Him alone for the rest of eternity, it will be perfect. To feel the kind of comfortability with Jesus that His disciples had is incredible — I know Him and He knows me. This idea challenges me to evaluate my proximity with Him regularly.
If Jesus showed up today, would you have to be introduced or would you know Him personally?
— Janie Reed, USA Softball player
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