Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Seeking a Life of Substance

   In the pursuit of success, our striving often takes a toll on our character. That is, outward "success" often causes us to overlook inward "success." Outward success has a myriad of definitions depending on your sphere of influence. Success could be financially evaluated or maybe in accomplishments in your children's lives. Success could be based on recognition received or "goods" rendered. But God looks not to man's outward adornments; God looks at the heart. Dallas Willard writes, "Power without Christ's character gives us our modern-day Samsons and Sauls." Samson was a sexualized bully. Saul was a psychologically disturbed hothead. Both failed to deal with their inner battles; instead they were consumed with outward appearances and accolades. Ultimately, the failure to tend to their inner world brought death and judgment to themselves and others in their sphere of influence.
   Tending to the soul seems to have a slower output, and thus is often neglected at great expense. But for those who wait for the harvest that comes from real inward spiritual transformation experience righteousness and peace (Hebrews 12:11). Maybe today, we pause and take a hard look at our hearts and make sure we are finding real rest, forgiveness, life, hope and love from God above. For remember, God tells us in Proverbs 4:23, "But above all else guard your heart, for from it springs waters of life."

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