Many of you have heard me quote the poem, The 5 Watches, from time to time over the past eight years of being involved with Lance and this blog. Lance and I do believe that Character, Integrity, Honor, Courage, Honesty, Gentleness, Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness and Self-Control are important to being a Legacy Dad. It is important because that is the call of the disciple of Christ. Many of us, do to the the lack of time, over-commitments, laziness and/or fill in your blank: _________________, do not always measure up to these demands and some may even feel overwhelmed by the God's call for our lives. I think if we are honest and really reflect back, I would believe that a majority of us would realize the answer: It's not because God couldn't do this for us, rather, because we got in the way - we tried to do it on our own. That is, to say, that we gave him a little of our day (our schedule, our sin, and our lives) but we didn't give it all to him.
The poem that I often quote is this:
Watch your thoughts,
for they become words.
Watch your words,
for they become actions.
Watch your actions,
for they become habits.
Watch your habits,
for they become your character.
Watch your character,
for it becomes your destiny.
How about the 5 W's of the Christian Walk:
- Who do we worship? (God or god(s) defined as idols that take our attention from who we should worship: God
- What do our lives tell others what our priorities our?
- Where does our faith belong (where is it currently? do you have faith in God?)
- When do we believe God (does he really mean His will be done, His abundant life for us?)
- Why should we serve God His way and not ours (not when we want, not how we want, but instead reading His word and serving Him the way that He requires in all of our lives)
What can we do to change our perspective our religion? When I say our religion, I am defining it as this: Our religion is that which is what we only take away from reading the Bible (meaning if there is somethings that convicts us or causes us the desire to repent and we ignore that part). Our religion being defined as we are allowing ourselves to serve both the world (and our own special interests) and God instead of serving him in all that we do. Our religion being defined as when it is convenient for to serve Him and others instead of when He wants us to serve.
Pure religion in the eyes of the Father is that which looks after widows and orphans and turns away from the ways of this world. God's religion is for us to Trust in the Lord with all of our hearts, to lean not on our own understanding, but to acknowledge Him in all of our ways. And He will make our paths straight.
What about you?