I had an afternoon to rest in between sessions at a conference. I didn’t have to speak at the evening session, so I spent much of the afternoon reading and writing. I had an upcoming due date for a project, so I decided to dig into it for a couple hours. I glanced at the time on my computer screen and was so thankful time seemed to be moving slowly, allowing me to enjoy the process and get some things done.
My peaceful afternoon was shattered by a frantic knock on my door and someone calling my name, “Susan, are you in there?”
“Oh, good! We’re waiting for you before we begin dinner!”
What? I have another hour before dinner! According to my clock…on my computer…which is set for Central time at home…not Eastern time, where I was.
I was ready to go, so it only took me a couple minutes to join the others, but I felt badly someone had to track me down to start the evening meal.
It was a good reminder that I need to check the clocks, instruments, and truths I’m living by. If I’m trusting the wrong ones, no matter how correct and content I may feel, I can easily be off base by just a little or a whole lot.
No amount of misunderstanding takes away the fact that we might be living contrary to the truth of the reality around us.
Perhaps it’s time for a reality check.
In fact, it’s always time for a reality check.
How does God fit into your life? Of course, he can fit in any way he wants, but how do you intentionally fit him in the everyday? Consider your life as a book. Is God…
- On the front cover?
- In the table of contents?
- A footnote?
- A recurring header or footer?
- A highly-focused, brief chapter?
- Throughout sporadic pages?
- On the back page?
And where do you want God to be?
Avoid quickly giving the Sunday School answer. It’s more important to be honest. God already knows. You will not assess where you are as accurately as God does, but you need to take off the blinders and let him give you a glimpse of where you really are. Don’t worry. He knows what you can handle. If you beat yourself up too much and judge yourself too harshly, you’re probably not letting God guide. If you place yourself on a pedestal and fail to see any room for improvement and growth, you’re probably not letting God guide. Be realistic. God is the best reality check.
So, ask him. Where have you placed him? Where does he want to be in your life? He loves you and wants the very best for you. And the very best for you is him. So, seek him. Let him invade your life. He’s written the book of life. And he’s the best author!
Those who win the victory will be dressed in white clothes like them. And I will not erase their names from the book of life, but I will say they belong to me before my Father and before his angels. (Revelation 3:5)