There is just something about connecting with other believers. There's something that comes with the knowledge that others are praying for and with you. I have been both convicted and encouraged, which is exactly what should happen when you share accountability with others. I'm excited, y'all. This is good stuff.
In case you missed it last week, here's a quick explanation of The POP:
This is a very open-ended linkup. You can post ANYTHING related to your faith in Christ. A few examples would include ways God is speaking to you, devotionals you're studying, your favorite scripture, prayer requests/praises, ways God is using you, etc. Basically, this linkup is just a place for you to be encouraged and to receive encouragement in your walk with Christ.
I hope you'll consider linking up! The rules are simple:
1. Grab the linkup button and type up your post.
2. Link up your Blog URL on any of your hosts' blogs.
3. Visit as many blogs in the linkup as you can! This is about getting active and offering encouragement, prayers, and discussion to those who need it!
4. Tweet, Pin, share on Facebook, and help spread the word to make this linkup successful!
Before I start with my POP post today, I feel like I need to let you know that this isn't what I was planning to share. In fact, I had planned a sweet little post about my thoughts on Easter and Christ's love for us and how my family celebrated on Sunday. However, on the way to work this morning, God spoke other things into my heart, and I'm just going to roll with it.
I like to listen to our local Christian radio station, WAY-FM, on my way to work in the mornings. The morning show host is Wally, and I just love listening to him. He keeps it very real. Sometimes uncomfortably so. He doesn't shy away from much, and he's very open about his opinions on topics. Today, he (or maybe one of his co-hosts...can't remember) shared a statistic that really stuck with me. I can't remember the percentages, but the point he was trying to make is that many people after turning 50, look back on their lives and have a lot of regrets. Things they did and wished they hadn't done. Things they hadn't done and wished they had. Then, he asked the question that made me pause:
What do you think you'll look back and regret when you turn 50?
I really started to think about it. Sure, I thought about a few superficial things. I questioned whether I'd regret how I've cared for my body (weight, skin, etc.). I wondered whether I'd regret my job. You know, things like that.
Then, I started to wonder whether I'd regret the things that really matter. I firmly believe that we are put here on Earth to share Christ with others and to bring glory to God. I've never felt that I was being called into full-time ministry. I'm so very grateful and in awe of those who are. What a special and scary calling to have in life. But me? I know that although I may not be called into full-time ministry, I've been given a unique opportunity within my community (city, job, family) to share Christ with those that are in my path.
I have co-workers, extended family members, and friends that I am fully aware do not know Christ. And I am partially responsible for their hearts. That's so scary, and yet, on a day-to-day basis, it rarely crosses my mind. I know that one day, I will stand before God, accountable for the life I lived during my time here on Earth. And I know what I want to hear Him say:
As I sit here, thinking about my life right now, I cannot imagine those words leaving His mouth. What have I done to further His kingdom? What do I do on a daily basis to share Him with others and bring glory to Him?
I can honestly say it's made me think. It's something that I'm sure will continue to make me think, and I'm hoping it will force me to make some serious changes. I needed to be pulled out of my comfort zone, and God knew just what I needed to hear.
When I'm 50, and I look back at my life, I want to see a life that has sought to glorify God and draw others to Him.
I know, a little deep for a Thursday morning, but it was on my heart, and I knew it was what I was being called to share. I genuinely hope you'll join us for the linkup or will at least visit some of the blogs that do linkup below.