Last night I watched this message Unpunishable by Danny Silk and in it he says, “God knows we are living our lives and not He is living our life or we are living His life.” That is quite a trippy thought, and not one I have heard often from North American pulpits. And this, according to Silk, is what He expects of us. This is such a freeing thought and at the same time, also puts us in a place of total accountability: I choose my standards and chose to live by them or not, and therefore am accountable for my choices. Basically, embracing this truth is Christianity treating you like a grown up. How freeing and how powerful is that?
I want to live my life in that posture of adulthood, where I do the best I can to live with authenticity according to the principles I have embraced and internalized, and when I fall short of that, to own it and get on with it. No excuses, no recriminations, not wallowing in the wasted space of shame, nor allowing anyone around me to put that burden on me, just, honesty and authenticity and treating myself and those around me with grace and love.
I also want to remember that falling short of the principles someone else wants to put on my life is not necessarily falling short of anything at all. I recognize who I am in Christ and continue on to become more of who He wants me to be. To live according to love and not name calling or judgement, and to offer that to those around me. I have experienced amazing open-armed love this year and have asked God as recently as last week, God, how do I love as openly as that? I think if God recognizes that we are living our lives (as Silk suggests) then holding that knowledge close lets us recognize the same in others. I do not know what God has in mind for your life, nor do you know what his plans are for mine. Keeping that knowledge in the forefront of our minds, is a great starting place for sharing grace.
Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life;
not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road.
Open my eyes so I can see
what you show me of your miracle-wonders.
I’m a stranger in these parts;
give me clear directions.
My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous!-
insatiable for your nourishing commands.
And those who think they know so much,
ignoring everything you tell them-let them have it!
Don’t let them mock and humiliate me;
I’ve been careful to do just what you said.
While bad neighbors maliciously gossip about me,
I’m absorbed in pondering your wise counsel.
Yes, your sayings on life are what give me delight;
I listen to them as to good neighbors!