Are You God Centered?

It is a beautiful day! Yes, I know the clouds are moving in, but do you know what? I know the maker of the clouds personally and so I’m not threatened. Actually, trust me – even when we have total cloud cover, the blue skies and sunshine are still there. Never far from us – just as the Lord is never far from us. Tomorrow’s Sunday! Holy Spirit rain down! Won’t dampen my spirits any! I am free! 

That being said, I was just thinking . . . if you turn on any television station, pick up any magazine or newspaper, walk through any bookstore . . . you are inundated with opportunities to be taught to “get centered.”  We constantly have opportunities to “de-stress” and to deal better with anxiety, even to bring on “good” stress.  We are told we need to “chill” and to free our spirit . . . we are told we need to learn to focus better.  We are told that once we do all this, we will be happy and peaceful and oh, so successful.  What is all this?  I can’t say that much of these books and lectures I’ve seen contained any reference to Christianity.  I am also reminded of having read more than once that if we persist in doing the same thing and it never works, YET we continue to repeat it anyway, we are surely “crazy,” whatever that means.  Well, crazy or not, if we are so much in need of finding our center and we keep reading these books and not finding it, are we perhaps chasing our tails which can only result in eventually getting dizzy? 

To a Christian, there can be only one answer to what is at the center of our being.  If we are to “get centered” and be at our peak, we must acknowledge the presence of the Lord living in our heart and soul.  We must invite Him to fill us with His Holy Spirit to guard and to guide us, and to use us and our talents given BY HIM to His glory.  We know this, yet our free will takes hold of us and we turn in every other direction BUT inward!  We possess the answer to our every need.  We’ve been given the perfect answer!  A gift beyond our comprehension and more valuable than any we can buy for 29.99 plus shipping . . . all we have to do is open our hearts and say “come, Holy Spirit, come!”

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4 Responses to Are You God Centered?

  1. writeathome says:

    Hi Martha,

    God would definitely like to be the center of our lives. The question is, will we let Him? This post reminded me of something I wrote a while ago about the O.T. tabernacle and how God was in the center of it. If you would like to see the post, here is the link to it.

    http://writeathome.wordpress.com/2009/10/05/the-center-of-our-lives/

    I know for me, I can definitely feel it when I’ve gotten “off center”. It could be I’m grouchy and irritable and feeling down. It’s during those times I need to ask myself, “Am I praying like I need to pray? Am I consistently reading the Bible?” There is definitely a difference when I let these things slip.

    Good post! Thank you for what you shared here.

    Blessings,

    Carol Connell

    • Thanks for your comment Carol and for sharing the link. Sounds like He’s placed similar desires in your heart and mine. By our sharing these words here, we can be His vehicle for bringing this message to others. Isn’t that an amazing and humbling thing?

  2. chrisco1 says:

    Just this morning I had read a passage in the booklet I’m working through on “God-centered stress” vs self-created stress. Your entry is a perfect compliment to that reading. In particular the idea that stress will come in to our lives; it is only when we look to its actual message (what can it accomplish in me, if I let the Lord guide me through it) that we are able to get through it manageably and with hope in God. Thanks for posting…and thanks for the visit to my blog: http://christandchris.wordpress.com

    • Thanks for your comment and for reading my post. Gosh, we do get off track on placing our hope in God, don’t we? His infinite patience with us is such a HUGE blessing!

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