How many of us can still hear our parents saying, “sit up straight” during dinner time or, when we needed an attitude adjustment, “you better straighten up?” My father, in particular, was a stickler for walking tall with shoulders back; no slouching!
I’ve tried to walk the straight and narrow path most of my life. However, at this stage of the game, I’m going radical. I’m going to throw caution to the wind. I’ve decided to take on a more lopsided life.
What do you mean…lopsided?
If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know that I respect “words.” Words have such incredible power. They can uplift or destroy, soothe or agitate, summon love or hate. They take root in our souls.
Lopsided, for the purposes of this message, is an acronym. It’s an abbreviation formed from the initials of other words and pronounced as a word. Many of you may have visited sweetFrog’s ice cream store. Did you know frog is their acronym? Yep, Fully Rely On God.
Acronyms help us remember…at least they help me to remember. I came up with “lopsided” to motivate me to stay focused on deepening my relationship with God. Sadly, after all of these years, I still need to be nudged in that direction. How about you?
Here are a few action steps toward adopting a lopsided life:
“Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” ~ 1 Samuel 3:9
While being silent is not necessarily something we’re comfortable with, it is paramount in our relationship with God. I need quiet, alone time with the Lord so I can “hear” His still small voice. He has things to say to me, things that are a prerequisite for me to grow into His image. Listen, Bev.
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” ~ Luke 6:46
There’s a question that will burn a hole inside you! To obey the Lord’s commands takes active participation. For me, my obedience is in direct proportion to how well I listen. Obey, Bev.
“Pray without ceasing.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17
I don’t know about you, but I need so much help in obeying God’s commands. It isn’t easy for me. Praying is primary but how on earth do you ‘pray without ceasing?’ I have designated time with God when I pray. I then try to include Him during the ordinary, mundane activities of my day. I speak with Him in the car, thank Him when a cool autumn breeze drifts over me, and offer praise when a friend or family member looks my way. The opportunities are endless. Pray, Bev.
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, know that from the Lord you will receive the reward of inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” ~Colossians 3:23-34
I believe that after listening, obeying, and praying, the natural progression is to go beyond my comfort zone and serve. I once read, “God’s purpose for me is to bring Him glory. I am most like Jesus when I’m serving others.” Serve, Bev.
“That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” ~ Colossians 1:10
Increasing in the knowledge of Him. That’s the whole point, right? May I increase in a positive way, with a better understanding of His Word, growing to be more like Him, and becoming one who is F.R.O.G. Increase, Bev.
“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.” ~ Psalm 89:1
Most of us are aware of the charge that we are to spread God’s Word (Acts 1:8). The gospel is often cited as “the Good News.” Think how often we’re eager to share good news with family & friends; often wanting to beat out everyone else from the delivery. Can I say the same when it comes to sharing God’s good…eh, great…news? Declare, Bev.
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” ~ John 15:11
We are children of the living God! That alone should have you jumping for joy! I try to enjoy whatever He places in my path each day. I know that’s not always possible especially when “life stuff” happens but the beauty of this earth, the smile of a young child, or a hug from a friend is cause for joy. “We are to be a taste of Heaven on earth.” (Walk with God) Enjoy, Bev.
“Be doers of the word.” ~ James 1:22 and “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” ~ 1 Cor. 10:31b
There are no more convicting words. Do, Bev.
As you walk the crowded straight and narrow path, look for me. I’ll be the one with a lopsided gait. Walk in the Spirit and enjoy the journey!
Be a blessing,