I finished the book Redeeming Love a couple of days ago. Great read. One of my favorite parts of it, though, was the note from the author, Francine Rivers.
She spoke a bit of her life story and how she began serving Christ at the age of thirty-eight.
"I believe we all serve someone in life. For the first thirty-eight years of mine, I served myself. My conversion wasn't a highly emotional experience," she says. "It was a conscious, thought-out decision that changed my focus, my direction, my heart, my life."
Some are under the impression that once you open your life to Christ, everything is all hunky-dory (yes, I just said that) and you need not work to remain in a relationship with Him. But in reality, we must be in a constant pursuit of Him. We must be focused. It is a conscious, thought-out effort we make daily. My pastor refers to it as grace-driven effort. I love that.
"I used to believe the purpose in life is to find happiness. I don't believe that anymore. I believe we are all given gifts from our Father, and that our purpose is to offer them to him."
Just a little food for thought, and a great reminder to me as well, on this Sunday. :)