08 Jan Balance in life
I was reflecting on a note form John Piper regarding “aiming consciously at something significant in our days”. As I read Matt 6 I am told not to be anxious about life, food, body, because it is a symptom of lack of faith. When you get up in the morning and you face a day, what do you say to yourself about your hopes for the day? In that 18 hrs span what do you want to happen because you have lived?
If you say, “I don’t even think like that, I just get up and do what I’ve got to do,” according to Piper you are wasting the day. God’s revealed will for you is that when you get up in the morning, you don’t drift aimlessly through the day letting mere circumstances alone dictate what you do, but that you aim at something — that you focus on a certain kind of purpose. Aimlessness is akin to lifelessness. Dead leaves in the back yard may move around more than anything else, the wind blows this way and that way and they follow. They tumble, bounce, skip, they press against a fence, but they have no aim whatsoever. They are full of motion and empty of life.
God did not create humans in his image to be aimless, like lifeless leaves blown around in the backyard of life. He created us to be purposeful — to have a focus and an aim for all our days.
So how do you balance the “stillness” in knowing He is God with the frenetic rhythm we impose ourselves as if He were an absentee Father? Matt 6 tells us again: “O you of little faith? For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” May your addition be the correct one today and always…..