I sometimes feel like my life is split into different segments. There is my church segment, where I feel like I am mostly doing the right thing or focused in the right direction, and then there is the rest of my world, which I sometimes think of as the real world. I am not quite sure how to connect the two or how to spread the focus on God into the “real world.” It is easy when I am in church or involved in church activities. It is not as easy when I am in the daily grind of work, and family life and soccer practices and school events.
Today the Bible opened in Luke:
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a person building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built. But the one who listens and does not act is like a person who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.”
I have read over this several times. On one hand, I read it as a bit of a chastise — you listen to what I tell you in church, but why do you not act on it in the real world? And, of course, I then feel guilty and shameful. And on the other hand, I read it as encouragement. I am building a foundation. And perhaps I just need to keep building it — keep expanding the one world so it expands and takes over the other — so it becomes my real world.
Thank you for providing us with so much guidance, for knowing what we need to hear. Help me set my foundation on you. Help me expand that foundation so all of my life all of my world is set on you.