Living Life as a Treasure
The In-Between Series is an assortment of posts from the Impressions team designed to challenge, encourage and shine light on the truth about seasons of waiting on the Lord. This installment aims to reflect the Father's heart and His goodness that weaves its way into every part of our lives.
P r e s e n t I n H i s N a m e
Along with the chaos and busyness of life
There’s a place of rest and assurance in Your Name
All the loudness and noise surrounding us at times
Brings me right back, back to Your Name
Living one day to the next, soaking in your presence
I want to rest solely, solely in Your Name
Seeing my life as a treasure and full of great miracles
Show me the glory, glory within Your Name
How often I find myself living life just going through the motions, allowing something so small and minuscule put me in a bad mood, leaving me longing for my day to be over.
It is tough to live in the moment and choose to be happy each day. Living in Northeast Ohio we often find ourselves looking for the next best thing. We think to ourselves, “If only I lived somewhere warm, if only my sports team did better, if only I made more money.” I use to think, “I just need to get through school. Four years and then my life will begin.” Four short years passed and I graduated college in the blink of an eye. Looking back now, I wish I would’ve slowed down to take the time to live in each moment. I was so focused on my end goal that I forgot to stop and take in every instant for what it was.
I realize now that I forgot to stop and revel in each beautiful treasure my Father placed before me.
I truly believe that we should focus on the treasures of life, to choose joy each and every day, even amidst the difficult seasons. When we allow joy to shine through every part of our lives, it increases the testimony of God’s faithfulness in our lives, especially in the in-between. When joy is restored in your life, you will have the power to stand up to the demons of negativity. You will stand out to others because you exude a joy that they deeply long for. Your very treasure is choosing to live joyfully during the days of your walk upon this earth, no matter how dark and challenging they may seem. The lost will be drawn to you when you exhibit the gifts only salvation brings. Isn’t that what we all want? We long to make a difference during the span of our life for His glory and His name. In the end, we want our lives to count for more than just a few kind words on our tombstones. I don’t know about you, but I am filled with excitement when I think about all of the lives I can touch and the eternal impact I can leave on this world before my time here on earth is through.
I challenge you to look for God in your everyday. Believe in a life of celebration and dancing versus hatred and sadness. I want to live a life in full force, wide-open, and daily caught in the very act of pursuing God and His immeasurable glory with a fire and passion that all the world will see. I want to choose to dance, to love, and to not dwell on simple misfortunes. Our society routinely promotes negative thinking as a normal state of mind and urges us to conform to a secular mindset, citing it as a more common and acceptable practice to be miserable and join forces with others when they begin voicing negative opinions and beliefs. As believers redeemed by the unending grace, mercy, and love of our Heavenly Father, we must daily choose to live our lives as the absolute treasures that they are by finding each hidden miracle and delight in every day. Joy is the birthmark of a Christian and it should ooze out of our pores in the same manner that the sunlight always finds a way to pierce through the darkest clouds. Pastor Joe preached that God’s process is mountains and valleys. Mountains are not made without valleys.
We go through these highs and lows because there is ultimately a purpose within the process. God's mighty, omnipotent hand is refining you for a purpose.
The waiting and wishing during the in-between seasons of our lives is a tremendous opportunity for growth in our relationship with God. So many times we miss out on life because we are so anxiously trying to move on to what we perceive as the next best thing. We must learn to stop and take in every moment as it comes and cherish it for the hidden treasure that it is. Hidden, but visible, if you decide to take the initiative to look beyond the superficial. Be persistent, as God will never give up on you. Choose joy because our lives are about carrying the presence of God into our hopeless, dark, and cold world. Persistent joy produces perseverance. Perseverance produces passion. And if we allow it, that passion will serve as the catalyst that enables us to reach out to a lost and dying world and shine the light of Jesus for all to see. That same catalyst that produces a fiery passion for God within us will inevitably serve as the catalyst that will cause a spark of new life to take hold in the lives of others that find themselves lost and searching for truth, hope, and purpose.
Finally, I want to urge you to choose joy in the midst of every circumstance you face, assured that God has a purpose for every trial and season you encounter. The Apostle Paul talked about how he had learned to be content in ALL circumstances, and I firmly believe this includes the in-between seasons of our lives. How else was it possible for him to have joy and wholeheartedly engage in acts of worship for His Father while his physical body was held captive by the cold, stone walls of a prison cell? Very simply put, Paul knew that his joy was found in Jesus and only Jesus, and that no prison wall or circumstance could take away the joy that the redeeming power of Christ so freely gives. Paul had unwavering faith in the fact that his treasure was not found in earthly possessions or the any other resource offered by this world. In his in-between, Paul chose joy over sorrow and doubt. We as believers must also choose to exude this type of faith in every season of our lives, knowing that in the end, the fruit of the Spirit will always prevail.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking, and envying each other. // Galatians 5:22-26