We all have dreams and a hope that our life will have a sense of enjoyment and meaning. As we become adults, we allow our past and present influences along with life experiences to come together giving them permission to mold us. I have to admit, I set up camp in my own mind and heart of what I thought my dream life should look like. For me, in a nutshell, it was a life with money in my pocket and not a lot of struggles. In my self-rising, I almost missed the true meaning of what life is really all about. Friends, comfort does not indicate someone has a good life. Only Christ can offer the true goodness we seek and when we seek it with all of our hearts, we will find that comfort is replaced with peace -- the Peace of God.
When I revisit my old dreams, I see now that they were only a cheap cover-up to a struggle of fully trusting Jesus with my life. Jesus said, "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:29
It is the turning over of one's self to Christ and the realization that our struggles, when completely laid down at the Cross, will then and only then be made into something glorious for Christ sake and not our own.
A little over five years ago, I began to let Jesus lead our life. In that one single life change, He has truly given me and my wife a better understanding of what He was talking about in giving us rest for our soul. We were exhausted from trying to keep up with the world's standards! Today, we rest in knowing God has a plan and a purpose for us. Jeremiah 29:11
Those old personal dreams of succeeding have faded away in exchange for a new way of life -- taking up our Cross daily. This life is much greater than anything I could have built on my own. Today I don't live my life for my own purpose. It's a life for God's purpose. I'm grateful He purposed me to share the gospel story through sealife art.
If I could wrap up with one truth to share with you today, it would be that whatever success might look like to you in your own heart or mind, I can tell you from personal experience that our true significance isn't tangible. Our Significance is found in Christ alone. A gift that will last for eternity.
Framed in a driftwood floating frame.
Creator: Glenn Lamp - Day Five Art Size: 24 x 48 x 1.5 IN Edition: Original