"The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it..."
~ Psalm 24:1
The older I become, the deeper the meaning becomes that God exists. I wonder constantly if I am allowing for the truths in my life to be determined by my belief that God doesn't just exist, but is fully involved. I guess that I also realize that if I fully give into this truth about God, then I am challenged to give up control. As someone recently shared with me, "Let God be God."
Until I relinquish the need for "me," then I will continue to struggle with allowing God to be God, my God, and the God of all creation.
For any of us, the thought of "surrender," can be difficult. I realize that as long as I don't allow God to be God, then my life is an illusion of a life lived out in faith, and most of my energy is then consumed in trying to keep the illusion going.
I remember someone asking me, "You know how to make God laugh? Tell God YOUR plans."
Surrendering our lives to God doesn't mean that we surrender our thoughts, plans, and ideas. Yes, we are created by God to do God's will, but we are also created in a way to take that will and make it a reality utilizing the gifts that we have been given. Don't allow someone's view of spirituality paralyze your abilities and what God is doing in your life!
Being a follower of Jesus Christ is not a declaration that nothing matters any more as some form of self-denial. Instead of saying that "Nothing maters anymore since I know that God exists."
As someone who follows Christ, I am reminded that nothing can be unimportant.
We are clothed in the light of Christ, and our existence is about sharing that light with others!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.