Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I Can’t Wait Until My Next Birthday!

Photo by Wendy H. Schmit
“How are you going to celebrate your birthday, Grandma?”

Even though I’m dealing with the issues of entering another decade (which I’ll talk more about next week), I had a great birthday. My grandchildren’s phone calls made it even better. However, due to a Bible verse I read recently, I’m looking at the question they asked me in a different light.

Before I give you the whole verse, I want to focus on the section that caught my attention:

Deuteronomy 30:20b (NIV 1984)
For the LORD is your life.

I can’t help but love its grand declaration.

When I consider everything the phrase could mean for me personally, a stirring desire grows in my soul: to live as if God, Himself – the creator of the universe, the King of Kings – was actually my purpose for living.

If I lived that way, it would mean the Lord would become the center of all my dreams and goals. Plus, He would be my motivation for living a life of obedience, rather than wanting to obey only for the sake of pleasing others.

If I were to allow God to teach me how to make those desires real in the way I live, I can only imagine how much I will have to celebrate by my next birthday.

Are you beginning to get excited, too? If so, let’s pray and ask God to help us live as if He and His purposes are our reason for living. Perhaps reading and applying the first part of Deuteronomy 30:20 can help us get started. Here is the verse in its entirety:

Deuteronomy 30:20 (NIV 1984)
And that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

May it be so with me, Lord.

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  1. I see what you are saying; that verse does stir my soul. Thank you for pointing that part out Sheryl.

    1. You're welcome, of course.
      If we were to meditate on it all day, we'd still wouldn't have glean all we could from that short verse!!


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