One thing I like to do in the mornings is get on my phone and click on random apps and look through them for no reason (like.. why do we all do that?).
So I constantly try to get myself out of that habit by using the app “First 5”. If you don’t know what First 5 is, it’s an app with a quick devotion to read and take throughout your day. The purpose is to use this app as a way to make yourself do your bible study first thing in the morning. If you’re like me, I am very bad at getting ready quickly if I have not had a cup of coffee. So trying to fit in getting my lunch together, eating breakfast, making myself look decent enough to go out into the world, and do my bible study all in the morning is a tough one.
But First 5 has helped me dramatically. I know how important it is to do your bible studies in the morning because you may have things you learn during it, carry on throughout your day. So in the mornings I really enjoy to use this app.
Now to the real part of my blog…
On Tuesday December 12th, there was one thing on First 5 that really caught my attention. It said “And His kingdom won’t be fully established until He returns”.
I am always thinking about my future and planning how I hope it will happen. BUT – The Lord God Almighty has our paths planned for us. Yes, our actions do press on how it all plays out, but He has it made perfect. And honey, that Pinterest house, it may look beautiful and all you have ever dreamt of, but His kingdom is more than you can ever dream of.
We put ourselves in a place where we live in the future rather than the “now”. We take all of our wants and make them into “needs” when they really are not even close to being a need.
Over thanksgiving break I traveled on my first international mission trip to Managua, Nicaragua. It was a truly beautiful heartbreaking trip that has and will continue to change my life forever. My team and I’s hearts were meant to break there. While there, I soaked up so much. Much knowledge, visions, heart-felt moments, and stories. One thing I started thinking about was the saying “highs and lows”. Highs and lows can be taken into perspective along the lines of many different sayings. Highs and lows of elevations, highs and lows of feelings, and even the highs and lows of the points in our lives. But I started thinking of it in a different way.
When I was sitting beside a tree (yes a tree) in Nicaragua, I was praying. I said “Lord help me to pour out all I’ve got while I’m here. Help me to soak in everything and cherish every moment”. A few minutes later, I had my eyes closed. I heard the Lord whisper to me, “Okay but first, I know you’re thinking of your future. I know you’re thinking about what you will do tomorrow and the next day. Don’t. Focus on what you’re doing right now. Look at the highs and lows in your life. Sometimes you let the lows become so high that they destroy you”.
I was blown away.
It’s okay to try to think about your future life. And it is okay to plan your day ahead of time. But don’t LIVE in the future time. This is now.
We need to be preparing our hearts and our minds for the future the Lord has, the everlasting future with Him.
It’s not finished being established. It will when he returns. We are to help build His kingdom, and to do so, we must live in the now. Place your highs high and your lows low. What exactly does that mean? Well you see, it varies. What does it mean to YOU?
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provided water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.”