It truly is an alluring world we live in – if I watch television, for example, I see things that are portrayed so much more “wonderful” than they actually are – many things that I was attracted to before my life changed eight years ago. We truly live in a society of “anything goes”, “it’s all about me” and “my family is my charity”, how many times have I heard these statements over the years? And, really there was a time when all those things applied to my own life.
I am grateful for changed priorities – a changed heart – a changed life. I am grateful for God’s grace and faithfulness. There was a time in my life when I thought that being a Christian meant giving up all of me, and becoming someone not fun, not attractive with a life of many rules and many restrictions – and what I have found is a life of freedom like I have never experienced. A freedom from worry and anxiety – right there has transformed how I live, and I am fulfilled on a whole new level.
And today as I live differently than I did before. God allures me to being Christ-like – living in a way that gives me hope for every day and joy in the little moments or the major experiences. And gratitude and thankfulness that renews be daily.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” ~Colossians 3:1-4 (New International Version)