What really matters?

14 November 2011

Is it the grade I have on my English midterm? The amount I earn in a week? What people think of me? How I treat my siblings? How I dress each day? How I talk to my parents? What really matters?

Obedience? Yes, I've been taught obedience ever since I could first open my eyes. But obey what exactly, Lord? What is your will for my life?

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. - 1 Thesalonians 5:16-18

By the will of God I am called to rejoice, pray, and give thanks. This is obedience. This is what God wants of me. This is His will for my life.

I can type away all the words I want. But does that matter? Does it matter what I think and write?

But the only words that really matter? Are the ones I live. This convicts me. -Ann Voskamp
So true. It doesn't matter what I type, or write, or say. What matters is how I live. Rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks--that is how I'm called to live.

When I live that way, everything else in my life will be affected.
If I am rejoicing how can I talk disrespectfully to my parents or treat my siblings ugly? I will be rejoicing in all that God has done for me -- including giving me such a wonderful family and I will want to love them the way He loves them.
If I am praying how can I worry what others think of my or how I dress? I will be praying that I can encourage and help others, not what they think of me. 
If I am giving thanks how can I gripe about what I don't have? I will be giving thanks for all that God has given me.

Yes, I will struggle doing this. But has He not promised forgiveness and grace to me? Forgiveness to get over my mistakes and grace to begin again anew.

So I live. I live rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks. I live through His forgiveness and grace.

Living in Christ,

                                                                                             About the Author
You can call her Emily Grace.

It is her prayer and goal in life to "live a life worthy of the Lord." (Colossians 1:10)

She is a sinner saved by the grace of God.
She captures His grace with her shutter. She sees His goodness through her lens. She records His mercy and forgiveness with her pen. She shares His love with her life.

She blogs over at a life worthy of the Lord and Photography by Emily Grace.

4 epistles:

  1. Loved this, Emily Grace. :) So much truth.

    Also, out of curiousity--what is that calligraphic font you used in your images?

  2. "Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so." Psalm 107. What an encouraging post, Emily Grace! Thank you for sharing.
    In His love,

  3. enjoyed Emily's post. (and great A.V. quote) you have a beautiful blog, Elizabeth! (love the music... very GRAND! ... I totally agree w/ C.S. Lewis about the tea & book.)
    blessings to you, beautiful ladies!!!

  4. Jennoelle - Thanks! The font I used is called Satisfaction.

    Thank you for all your encouraging comments. =)


"Gracious words are like a honeycomb; sweetness to the soul and health to the body." —Proverbs 16:24

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