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this is a weekly link party around the topic of faith, the Bible, and JesusEach Monday this community of faith seeks to encourage one another to get in the Word, to reflect on it, and to apply it to our lives. Then, by linking up, we have the awesome opportunity to teach, inspire, and encourage others on their faith walk while we grow in our own.

Would you honor us with your presence around the table today? Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Make sure that your blog post or comment is relevant to today’s Scripture passage.
  2. Write a post on your own blog that incorporates a story or your thoughts about this verse and its application in your own life. -OR-
  3. Post a photo that captures the essence of this verse.
  4. Once you’ve linked up you must visit the person ahead of you in the list! Let’s be encouragers!

You can also leave a comment with your reflections if you don’t have a blog to link up!

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Here we are, just two weeks out from Resurrection Sunday, and life is gaining speed. Chocolate bunnies still parade the sale rack, marching in quiet rows between piles of Easter basket grass, and already the calendar bulges with obligations.

This spring, like the five before it, I find myself promising to slow down.

To say “no” more often.

To commit to fewer, more meaningful activities.

But like the five before it, I am sucked into the same spiral, and it feels like I’m living for myself:  living to check boxes on a list and to complete tasks rather than living for Him who died and was raised again.

So how can I better live for Christ?

In these seasons, my feet grow heavy and self-condemnation threatens to trip.  After all, no one wants to be the Christian about which Ghandi was speaking when he  said:

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

When I read the words of Paul to “live lives worthy of the calling”, to me that means that others should know that I am not my own.

  • It means that my conduct should stand out from the beige backdrop of this world.
  • It means that my heart should be turned toward Jesus, desiring to be more like him.
  • And being like Him means being different from anything else.

And Yet…

Thankfully, I’m reminded that God is not a God wrapped up in our performance:

Our God is a God of mercy and compassion who is more concerned about the condition of our hearts than the condition of our resumés.

Getting our hearts healthy and holy before the Lord means that He should be our focus no matter what the calendar screams.

Here are a few ideas:

  1.  Make sure you commit only to the things that are of top priority to you and your family. Stay tuned for my upcoming eBook to help you determine what your family priorities are!
  2. Take time often to re-assess the decisions you’re making. My husband and I have a “date” set up tonight to do just this.
  3. Pray through your calendar. Is each obligation necessary? A friend recently said to me, “If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” OUCH. This is my personal struggle.

So how about you? How do you struggle to live for Christ?

Please share your thought in the comments or link up!