Once again, the early morning is a wonderful time to think about things. My mind isn’t so caught up on the things of the day yet (at least not completely) and I don’t think too quickly, which I’m prone to doing. Slower, simpler, and a bit more peaceful. But with the slowness sometimes comes difficulty trying to form complete thoughts. I’m still a bit hazy.
Oh, and I just brewed the last bit of coffee I have, which equaled only a little more than one cup. Not enough for a sufficient refill. This is unfortunate, because I’m tired. You know how I feel.
Two simple thoughts this morning:
1. You care more about the things you take ownership of.
You have less incentive, less motivation, and less focus on the things that aren’t “yours.” If you want to see real growth and change, own it. Call it yours and you’ll care more about it, be it your faith, your job, your personality issues, your family. When it’s yours, you have investment and it’s worth something to you.
2. Following Jesus requires leaving behind the familiar.
A few minutes ago I was reading through the beginning of the Gospel of Matthew, when Jesus calls His first disciples. As it often does, the readiness and immediacy of those four guys leaving behind the familiar to follow this unfamiliar Man on an unfamiliar story blew me away. They left behind all they knew because somehow they saw what many of us miss out on – a story worth living and a God who is with them. Following Jesus requires leaving behind the familiar. Your life may not get “better” or you may not have “success” in the terms of the culture, but you will find purpose, life, and freedom that can not be found anywhere else.
I think we were made for these two things: taking ownership of what’s been given to us, and leaving behind the familiar to follow Jesus. In the beginning, back in the Garden, God gave us the earth for us to call our own. Jesus came to the earth to freely offer us forgiveness and a life that would cause us to leave behind the familiar and say, “This is my Savior and my God. I will follow Him wherever He goes.”
What do you need to take more ownership of in your life?
Is Jesus calling you to leave behind the familiar and follow Him to something new?
“Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.” (Matthew 4:21-22)