Joy in the Journey
Happy New Year! As this new year starts out, I am super pumped about reaching my goals. I’m excited about seeing my family reach their goals as well. I have extra vigor in my step as I imagine what life will be like when we succeed. But as I get all geared up for success, I hear a still small voice. I love it when God speaks to me. But He doesn’t always say what I want to hear. This time I hear Him whisper, “Find joy in the journey.”
So I begin a chorus of, “But Lord, I want to find joy in reaching my goal weight and being healthy. I want to find joy in being super organized and planning my meals ahead of time. I want to find joy in having a potty trained toddler.” Perhaps it wasn’t really God that I heard speaking at all. There is joy in all these things. But then I hear His voice AGAIN! Does God speak to you like that? When He really wants to get my attention, He keeps telling me the same thing over and over. I kept hearing the same message. “Find joy in the journey.”
All Your Heart
Luke 10:27 isn’t about achieving a particular goal. The journey isn’t ever over. We can’t ever say, “I have arrived! I love God with all my heart!” We WANT to say we love God with all of our heart. That’s when we get redirected back to the other things that have a hold on us, the things that hold us back from loving Christ even more. Our hearts keep changing, evolving, and growing. Our love for God can always grow.
All Your Soul
The word “soul” is interchangeable with the word “spirit.” It’s what makes you who you are. God created each of us uniquely in His image. But isn’t it interesting how there is always something new that we can learn about ourselves? Similarly, we can continually grow in our journey to learn how to love God with all of our soul.
All Your Strength
We can’t be strong without our bodies. We never reach a point in our journey for strength that we are so strong and healthy we can just stop and eat whatever we want for the rest of our lives. We don’t get to quit resting and getting exercise. God wants our bodies to be His temple, a place that His spirit dwells our entire lives.
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT
God took great care making preparations for His temple in the Old Testament. Being a living temple of God is no small task. Not only does He want us to be His temple, but He wants us to honor him. I don’t know about you, but honoring God is the last thing I am thinking about when I am ripping through my pantry in search of a piece of chocolate.
I’m not strong when I am too tired to get up off the couch and take care of my family. I’m not strong when I continue to give in to temptations that are making me less than the best that God created me to be. Finding strength to fully serve God is a continual journey. If you are excited about the health aspect of this challenge, check out the 2016 Book Brigade and go ahead and get your copy of Trim Healthy Mama Plan: The Easy-Does-It Approach to Vibrant Health and a Slim Waistline for our January book club!
All Your Mind
For the Lord grants wisdom!
From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6 NLT
God gave us minds and he wants us to use them. He freely gives us wisdom through His word. Our minds never quit growing. There are always new things to learn.
Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord.” Isaiah 1:18 ESV
Find Joy in the Journey: Take the Luke 10:27 Challenge!
Resolutions may fail. Committing to find joy in the journey to fully love God is something that we can do every single day, even after we mess up. In fact, God already knows we will mess up! The Luke 10:27 Challenge is a challenge to continually work on your heart, soul, strength, and mind so that you can enjoy the journey, not just an end product. Through the month of January, we take a closer look at how you can love God with your heart, soul, body, and mind. Better yet, it’s something you can do with your entire family. Each week of January, we will focus on one area. Next week, we will begin with our hearts. We will explore how the things we love and thoughts we think in our hearts shape and influence our ability to worship God and connect with Him. I pray that you will join us!
Which area do you struggle with the most? What kind of changes would you like to see in your life so that you can better live out Luke 10:27?
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