Life is good for one simple fact: I am alive.
I breathe. I have opportunity. I get to choose everyday what I will be, what I will pursue, what I will accomplish. Certainly, barriers and obstacles hinder my way; they chide me to overcome them. But, none of them change the fact that I am free to make my journey mean what it was intended to be.
What we all have to decide along the way, though, is what will define our walk? What will describe my purpose?
In the above photo, you might notice a very unnoticeable piercing in my left ear. I did it more than a decade ago. I felt like I had to. I wear only one symbol in that ear—a silver cross. I place it by the same routine every morning. After completing my normal regimen of cleaning up for the day, I put the cross in my ear and declare to myself that I live for something bigger than my comfort. I say, “For you, Jesus.”
As Jesus bore His cross, I bear mine. I live everyday. I choose…I pursue…I accomplish what’s been given to me to do. I’m not waiting for things to happen; I move into them.
My encouragement to you is simple: find your cross in your every day living. Although, you might not be able to escape where or when you were born, you can choose to live well with what you’ve been given. You can choose the purpose of your journey!
Let Jesus’ Words remind you of who you are: “If anyone should come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23, ESV) Following Jesus is not just some blind adherence to a list of dos and don’ts. As Jesus’ cross defined His mission, your cross declares your journey as well. The better you define the cross given to you, the greater your joy.
Live to live, my friends!