Go From Survival to Revival
Kelly Balarie, blogger at Purposeful Faith and author of the new book Rest Now: 7 Ways To Say No, Set Boundaries and Seize Joy is passionate about joining hands with women who often find…More
- 2015 May 02
Ever felt like you were just trying to make it through the day?
Just going through life rather than charging through it?
Perhaps God is calling you to move from survival to revival.
I have been spending many a weekend this way. I run circles around my house chasing small feet. Clean crumbs constantly. Entertain with whatever will keep us all smiling. Mostly, I just try to make it until bedtime. Many times, it feels like the kids are running me, more than I am running life.
For you, it may not be kids that makes you go into existence mode, but perhaps a job where you just go through the motions, or a marriage where you live together but don't do life together or a financial state that makes you feel like you are just getting by.
We all have our places of existence. And, as I brought mine before the Lord, I felt him calling me to something different.
I felt him calling me to: CHARGE!
Jesus never called us to be reactive to life; he always spoke about being active.
He spoke about moving in, instead of moving out.
He spoke of going beyond norms and into what's not normal.
He spoke of seeing trials as running trials for our ultimate victory.
He spoke of going, doing, being - with him.
I can't help but think he is drawing me out from existence and into his brilliance.
Jesus always gave commands of movement:
- Go, Repent, follow, rejoice, shine, honor, love
- Be honest, turn your cheek, love, help, serve, care for the poor
- Lay your treasure in heaven, don't judge, pursue eternal things
- Pray, ask, seek, knock, obey, be born again, love God, deny yourself
I can't help but notice that I don't see -
"just get by" on the list.
I can't see just "get through" either.
Jesus is calling us out of the safe zones of routine. Can you think about times that you have done this? I can. I can think about how much my faith was invigorated, how much I felt loved and how significant my purpose was. I felt excited to be taking a risk and eager to pursue my calling.
Charging through the day, means walking by faith into the purpose where he has placed us. It means picking up crumbs with a smile, chasing kids with joy and acting out charades with peace. It means praising him for the circumstances of now. It means going into risky, turbulent areas with the charge of his faithful calling.
What circumstances is he calling you to charge through? Where might you pick up his go-mentality?
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Josh. 1:9
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