This question sums up my most recent conviction.
Daily, we are faced with lies. Ads telling us we need to focus on anti-aging when the truth is that we all age.
Or that implementing x could add 5 years to your lifespan.
That “just getting through the day” via shortcuts in order to get home earlier in order to veg and then sleep and then get up and work again is worth sacrificing “little moments” with people.
That a certain diet will fix all your problems.
Plain and simply, none of it is true.
Maybe, if we saw a fickle life on this earth as all there is, these things might make sense. But even then, even if one doesn’t believe in the Lord, we all know the quantity of a few more years spent focusing on the goal of survival is not much to boast about.
This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:15
If we delve into Scripture and embrace God’s Truth, we begin to recognize the idols and false hopes in our lives. The soul sucking truths of the world, and the Truth we were created for: the grace and cause of a God whose love is unfathomable, who goes before us as Leader and Ruler, and who came to save us from sin.
And I don’t know about you, but I recognize more every day my need for that grace.
I will never understand the price of the Son of God’s life for my cruddiness, but I vow to live each day for Him. I know that my life is best lived not in accordance with seeking more (lifespan, clothing, money, affection, health), but in accordance with seeking His will for my step by step. Which looks like joy. It looks like miracles. It looks like Jesus.
And He promises that, if we’re seeking other things, the best thing we can do is look to Him, because He will provide.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Matthew 6:25