Friday, February 4, 2011

Bless You!

"Bless You" is the most common response whenever someone sneezes. Many of us learned that response as children. Other responses are "excuse me", "thank you", and "you're welcome". We were told to do that so much that it became a habit and a routine in our lives. At what point in your life did you understand what you were saying and actually meant it? Even to this day, do we actually say bless you and mean it or are we still stuck in the routine of being respectful and courteous? Let's take this a step further and look at our relationship with God. Is your relationship with God based on a routine that you were taught as a child or is it something that you have taken the time to understand on your own? As children, some of were taught the standard children's prayer "now I lay me down to sleep, I pray to Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray to Lord my soul to take. AMEN." Some were taught the extended version... God Bless...momma, daddy, grandma, grandpa and every relative, animal, cars, truck that you came across. How many of us are still praying a prayer that was taught to us when we were younger?
When things become habit/routine, you are completely missing the meaning or purpose it has on your life. Christianity should not be a routine in our lives. It should be our lives. As we are walking in this Christian life, we should be learning new things. Especially how messed up we are and how God really don't need us for anything, His Grace and  Mercy. We should strive to be more like Him; loving, kind, gentle, humble, just to name a few. We shouldn't be accepting of things that are not of God but showing others what it's like to be His child. That is something that can't be a routine. Think of a politician (yeah I know....but hear me out), does a politician give up? NO, they keep pushing until they get to that highest position. We should keep pushing until we reach our highest position....being in the presence of the Lord.
Salvation should not be taken for granted. The gift of salvation is the most precious gift that we can ever receive. Don't stop once you receive it. Keep working, living, loving, sharing, and GROWING. Don't get stuck in a routine. If you find yourself there, pray to the Lord to lead you. Follow Him. Trust, He will not let you stray.

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