As a Christian, I search the bible to understand God’s will for my life. I search it to know Him intimately. I search it to understand life here in this body, and what’s to come when my body is gone. Once I was struck by the grace of God and understood his sovereignty, it wasn’t even a conversation for me to accept that the bible is inerrant. I never got stuck on that point, I accepted the bible without question as the mind of God. I can only explain this stance as faith. (so I won’t argue with you about it)
With that said, I am a voracious reader, and I don’t limit myself to Christian writers. I love reading good quotes. I have to believe I am smart enough, and I believe the bible is the only truth, so that I can sift through and find truth in what I read because it aligns with the word of God. It is good practice to develop discernment.
I’d say I try to live by the word of God. But I think it’s important when asking “what words do I live by” to not only consider what do I think, but also, what do my choices, habits, and impulses say about me? When I fold those factors into answering the question, it makes it so much more challenging. It could even paralyze me if I allowed it. I refuse to answer, “I don’t know.”
I think it is important for me to know, do my actions speak as loudly as my words? Maybe that’s it, the words I try to live by are, “let my actions speak more loudly than my words.”
Is there just one thought to live by? Of course not, but somehow there’s got to be an underlying theme in my life. So when I have to make a hard decision, what is it that pushes me either left or right? A dozen bible verses come to mind, and they have shaped me into the person who can make a decision. What is it though about my personality that influences my decisions? How am I different from all the other Christians out there?
Some of the big life decisions I have faced look like this: Should we begin our family even though I was only 23? Should we drop our life in America and move to Wales? Is a big family for us, or is two enough? Should we move for that new job? (we’ve answered that one a few time) Should we join a big church or a small church? How should we use our family vacation time? Should I take good care of my health or just let it go? Public education, home school, or private for my children? Should we adopt? Do we commit to taking care of an entire orphanage? Should I work outside the home?
Many life decisions are burdened with what I really would like so I can be comfortable, verses, what I probably should consider that would make me uncomfortable, stretch me and make me grow. I look carefully at the consequences of my choices before I decide. So when I look back at how I answered all of those big questions I remember the one thought I couldn’t set aside, the one that pushes me every time is: live a life without regret.
I really don’t want to be one of those old people about to die who make a long list of things I should have done. I hope I lie there with a big smile on my face, a totally worn out life spent in service, and I can say, “I have no regrets.” I hope I loved well, gave more than I took, and that my life honored God in the small details as well as the big gestures.
Isn’t comfortable over rated anyway?
I would love to know what words do you live by! Please share.