Tuesday, June 30, 2009

In the center of your world...

God-centered Living:

*Confidence in God;
*Dependence on God, on His abilities and provision;
*A life focused on God and His activity;
*A humility before God;
*Denial of self;
*Seeking first the kingdom of God, His righteousness;
*Seeking God's perspective on our circumstances;
*Holy and Godly living.

Self-centered Living:
*Life focused on self;
*Pride in self and personal accomplishments;
*Affirming self;
*Seeking to be acceptable to the world and it's ways;
*looking at circumstances from a human perspective;
*self and materialistic living.
(taken from Experiencing God by Henry and Richard Blackaby)
As I read over these lists it became so obvious to me how since I was very small child the world was filling my head with self-centered living. And I have to admit, on a daily basis I still get them intertwined. As I look around me and see people struggling, see people hurting, see people lost- and they cannot understand why. We are naturally self-centered people, but in living that way we will never find true happiness. It is only when we make the decision -as in DECIDE to live EVERY DAY-letting God be the center of our lives that we will finally have true inner peace and happiness. What are you going to choosing to fill your world with?
For it is God who is working in your, enabling you both to will and to act for His good purpose. Philippians 2:13


Unknown said...

Once again - AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!


Barry and Amy said...

It is a daily decision isn't it?

Melinda said...

Love this! I strive to have a God centered living, but it is a daily struggle. I have to die to myself like every hour. :) Thanks for the reminder.

HollyAnn said...

Such a struggle! I wish it came mre natural! I just e-mailed a friend today and said, I HATE the flesh! This makes me want to start Experiencing God all over again even though I just finished it! :)