(Please forgive my delay … celebrated my birthday, then took a few days away from social media. Anywhoo … better late than never)
We live in a culture that will bait you out to the edge of the diving board, but will turn and ridicule you for getting wet when once you fall in the pool. This culture is only concerned about one thing; feeling good. If it feels good, do it, is almost the official motto of the world in which we live.
It is for this reason Paul told the church at Rome, “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:2 (The Message Bible)
As we invite the people into our lives, our goal should be to allow God’s love to be shown through us. We should never take our cues from our surrounding culture. God is more interested in you becoming more holy than happy. He desires that you be more like Him and less like your favorite romantic movie.
We aren’t wired to love, give, trust, or relate like God. If you have embarked on the path of pleasing God, the first lesson you learned (or at least should have) is that God is in control and He knows what’s best. He has given us a pattern to follow. Allow Him to rewired you. If we had it right, we really wouldn’t need Him. Right? God’s ways of loving and relating to people will lead us to fulfillment and not just satisfaction.
What’s the difference?
Satisfaction is like being full but still craving dessert. Being fulfilled is like enjoying the meal so much that nothing else is necessary. Who needs cake when the steak was so good. God can make that happen for you. You know like I know, if you are full and eat that cake, it will taste good, but you’ll be miserable afterwards. (Wait … am I talking about diets or relationships … either way I think it still applies)
If we allow God to rewire us, we can experience fulfillment like never before, and avoid the frustrations of bad and toxic relationships. Can you imagine that? It’s within your reach, if you take a look at the blueprint.
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