Three Pursuits That Will Shape Your Best Life
When I married Rebecca, she gifted me with four beautiful children. Soon after our wedding we gifted one another with a fifth child. I have never been more conscious of my everyday choices than when I accepted the responsibility of our family.
Rebecca is my best friend and the best choice I have made in my life. Together we shoulder the responsibility of raising smart capable children. Our children are learning to navigate life. They watch their mother and I as we steer through storms and rough waters. They hear our speech, see our faith, and watch as we love.
We want to model the best life for our kids. These three pursuits will bless you with the best life possible.
I recently found an Apache proverb that reads, “It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.”
Similarly, scripture says, “So too, faith by itself, if it is not complemented by action, is dead (James 2:17).”
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Faith is confidence. I remember passing through Bible College and wondering if I would mess up. I imagined parishioners asking impossible questions. I worried I might say the wrong thing during the sermon. What if I quoted someone and didn’t give credit correctly? I was terrified of other minister’s opinions of me, what if they see me as a heretic? I didn’t feel worthy.
I was terrified.
Then I met other ministers and I thought, “Oh, I’m okay.”
“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.” ----Richard Branson
I remember the first time I saw this quote, I was shocked. This requires faith. Faith in ourselves and our abilities. Faith in God, the opportunity is a blessing. Boldly take hold of the opportunities laid before you. Do not shy away, wondering if you are qualified. An opportunity is a gift, take it with confidence.
On Caleb Kaltenbach’s Linkedin I saw this: “God will one day hold us each accountable for all the things He created for us to enjoy but we refused to do so.” --Old Rabbinical Proverb
We must have the confidence to enjoy God’s good gifts. Enter his presence holding unswervingly to the hope we profess (Hebrews 10:23).
Hope is the destination, the motivation of the journey. It’s the intentionality of your Best Life.
“When you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”
Paul said, “When I was child, I talked like a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I put childish ways behind me (1 Corinthians 13:11).”
Ask any child about anything they don’t understand, and you will receive the most illogical meandering answer you’ve ever heard. A child is a reed in the wind. They are driven by emotions and imagination. Discipline is taught, not inherited.
A child’s world is their own. They are the star of the show, everyone else is a supporting character.
As adults we are intentional in our decisions, because we understand beyond the things around us. We understand the bigger picture of life. Hope is the intentionality of our decisions.
Hope is the bulls-eye.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). Do we need to talk about love being sacrificial? Love is about putting others first.
Servant leadership is empowering others. The greatest leaders are those who put the needs of others first. The first shall be last and the last shall be first (Matthew 20:16). A dictator is easily replaced, but a servant leader lives on in legend.
We win favor and loyalty from those we put above ourselves. Love allows enemies to work together for a common goal (hope).
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).
Everything else will fail. Knowledge is lost, prophecies will cease, tongues will be stilled, all this will end. All that we now know is in part.
We will pass away but love never fails.
Love cultivates respect.
Love moves beyond all impossibilities.
Love is timeless.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13).
May you live your best life
May you hit your bull’s eye every time
May you model Faith, Hope, and Love
May you enjoy God’s good gifts
In His service and yours,