How do we live for Christ in the boring, ordinary days of life? How do we find joy in Jesus when life is boring and gray?
That’s what I’ve been wondering recently. Maybe you are too. My prayer for this blog is that through it we can learn to delight in the Lord and live as women adopted by Him.
As a seventeen-year old college freshman, a class assignment was to write a personal mission statement. I crafted mine around two verses:
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)
I picked these verses more than ten years ago, not having any idea what the next decade would hold. There have been many challenges and changes, joys and adventures (many of which I’m sure you’ll hear about!). But these verses still form the vision for my life.
I am Christ’s. I am Christ’s first. This is not by anything that I have done or can do. It is by grace I have been saved through faith in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection (Ephesians 2:8-9). Before any of us can find joy in life, we need to have life in Christ by accepting His gift of salvation. Have you trusted Christ for salvation from your sins?
The second verse I picked all those years ago tells how that faith in Christ affects me as a woman. My beauty and value should come from who I am on the inside. I want the value of my heart to be of great worth in God’s sight. He’s the One I’m serving, the One I live for.
Sometimes it’s been easier to embrace Christ-likeness than other times. Right now, I find myself in one of those lulls where it is harder. In the last few years, I married off all of my siblings, which included two roommates. Now I’ve moved into my own apartment. My job is steady (how a fashion major ended up in IT is a story for another day). Life is kind of boring. I’ve found myself falling into an attitude of complacency.
But complacency is not thriving by faith in the Son of God. Complacency doesn’t form my heart into something that is of great worth to God. After identifying this complacency in the lull of life, I realized that it’s not what I want. I want to become more like Christ, not stay as I am. So I am choosing to lean into Christ. I am choosing to seek Him.
I’m excited to see what God will do as I choose to seek Him. In these first couple months of renewed seeking, He reminded me of something. He reminded me of the call He gave me years ago to write. Tonight I pulled out a big blue binder of my manuscript, full of notes, comments, edits, and lesson plans. I wrote this book years ago (published only in my big blue binder) about exploring the path to Biblical womanhood.
Over the years, the thoughts, ideas, and themes have been used for a college small group, a sixth grade Sunday school, and so many conversations with fellow Christians. Now, it’s going to be shared in a new way on this blog, along with what God is teaching me now.
Are you ready to seek Jesus? Are you ready to lean into the Savior as the woman He has created you to be? I’m ready. Will you join me on this journey?