Center

22 Feb

In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:23, 24 ESV)

I realize I get intimidated by the fact that I ask The Lord for the same thing daily. I wonder if He gets bored. I recognized today that its ok to keep on asking Him. He delights that I trust Him enough to keep asking Him.

We were made for God, to center our entire life on him and find our sense of worth and purpose in him. Anything other than that is sin. Tim Keller summarizes Kierkegaard’s point this way: “Sin is not just the doing of bad things, but the making of good things into ultimate things. It is seeking to establish a sense of self by making something else more central to your significance, purpose, and happiness than your relationship with God.”

I found this thought to be both encouraging and challenging. I want to recognize my sins and be fully aware. As I ponder what gets in the way of having Christ at the center, it is sin. I long to settle in with Him finding my entire self worth in Him. He is drawing me ever so close as I slowly embrace the journey He has set before me. The things I so easily put before him: my children, my job, and my drive for “togetherness” have been taken away and replaced with stillness and quiet. It’s much easier to hear and see Him in this place. I hope when I return to that place I will keep a focused perspective.

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3 Responses to “Center”

  1. megan williams February 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    Beautiful

  2. Tom Price February 23, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    I have been at a loss of how to respond as of late. Wondering what to say beside the normal, repetitive words of encouragement, prayer and hope. Your words remind me that God doesn’t get bored with our prayers, Christ encouraged even when on the cross and the Holy Spirit dwells in each of us 24/7.
    And what I have come to realize is not to worry about what to say or pray but how to listen, “be still and know that I am God “.
    I am listening more, for your words Allie are keys unlocking doors. I am praying because that is what Christ said to do.
    Blessings,

  3. Brit W. February 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    I keep praying for the same thing for you too :) It’s all over my prayer journals. I don’t think He gets bored either. He loves that we spend time trying to align our will with His through prayer. Really missing you here in Ohio. Praying always

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