Well, after hearing a couple of pastoral “confessions” yesterday1 🙂 how do you respond to the challenge to be “fully engaged” in your Christian spirituality? Do you see following God as a sacrifice or as something pleasing?
In my experience, it seems that when my focus is on myself (my skills, my family, my interests, my goals, my career, etc), being a fully devoted follower of God can become a struggle and I tend to live the Christian life through willpower alone. That is not much fun. However, when I let my eyes be open to the big picture (informed by the Biblical viewpoint of life), then I catch the vision and passion of a mission that is much greater than I am, and I am inspired to follow God relentlessly and with a whole lot more passion and excitement!
What has been your experience? Where are you at now?