"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
When driving to a new place, I make absolutely sure I have good directions. Ones that I review many times before getting behind the wheel. Ones that stay on my lap for easy reference as I drive.
My awareness is heightened. I notice every street sign and stop light. Gas station and strip mall. Not wishing to miss my turn. Or, make the wrong one.
Intent. Observant. Open to the slightest nuance along the way.
But, when driving to a familiar place like my gym or the grocery store, my guard is down. I'm on automatic pilot. Cruising along obliviously. Barely noticing anything but the road and the cars ahead of me.
Casual. Complacent. Closed to the signs and landmarks I pass by.
These two scenarios aptly describe how we choose to travel the road of life.
We can journey with purpose and passion. Attentively seeking the signs and wonders all around us.
Or, we can muddle through in a dreamy fog. Drifting aimlessly. Missing the little miracles right under our very noses.
Which road are you on?
Are you living large? Truly alive and aware? Meeting challenges head-on? Bearing much fruit?
Or, are you plodding along timidly? Reluctantly? Devoid of goals and dreams and desires? Letting life happen to you instead of making it happen?
God has a plan for your life. A road map in His hands.
He won't force it on you. He would like you to choose it.
To choose to abide in Him that He might abide in you.
And, to live the abundant, fruitful, meaningful, passionate life that is meant exclusively for you.
Will you ask the Lord for directions?
Will you join me in prayer?
Unless we abide in You, Father, and You in us, we cannot live fully or abundantly. We cannot bear good fruit for Your kingdom. Help those of us yet to find our passion in life to earnestly seek it and allow You to guide us on our way in joy and thanksgiving for this wonderful life. Amen.
Psalms 119:1-24 or 12, 13, 14
1 Peter 2:1-10