The Defiant Daisy

The Defiant Daisy (Day 2)

[This is a post I wrote about a month ago, but forgot to post.  I plan on doing one or two posts next week, one will remain a surprise and the other is focused on specific Pro-Choice arguments and how they can be refuted.]

Last week some of my sisters decided to try an experiment that I remember doing when I was younger.  You cut a flower and put it in a vase (or cup) filled with colored water (food coloring).  After several hours the flower should have streaks of color (blue–in this case) on its petals.  I took these pictures two days into the experiment.  Now–almost a week into the project the flower is still almost completely white.  (My sisters informed me that it does in fact have a bit of blue, it is just so light and hidden that you have to search for it)  I named it the ‘Defiant Daisy’.  And then it *hit me.  I am often just like that daisy.

I don’t mean to say that I’m a flower.  So then, how am I like the daisy?  As a follower of Jesus, I should act like Him more and more each day.  Everyone I interact with should see Jesus in my words and actions.

But, in order to do this I must surrender every area of my life to God and I must read His words (Scripture) each day.  If I keep even a little part of my life for myself — if I say, “No, God, I know what is best for me,” I become like the ‘Defiant Daisy’.  Although I may think I have everything under control, I’m actually refusing the life giving “water” that I need to continue growing in my walk with the Lord.  Just as our flower needs water to continue to flourish (and yes, I know–it also needs sun and dirt and that this example is not perfect–but please bear with me a little longer), I need to have daily communication with God.  Whenever I leave God out of any area of my life, I hinder my spiritual growth in all areas.  He is always faithful in showing me what I need to surrender (or in some cases, re-surrender) to Him.

Recently (the last few months) He has used my church, friends, Teenpact, and many other things to convict me of how I use (or spend) my time.

During our adult Sunday School this past spring, we went through the Christian **Disciplines.  For some reason, I never saw “Being a Manager/Steward” as a discipline, but it is.  I always think of being a good steward as having to do with money and physical blessings.  I never realized it included the short time we have on this earth.

Maybe this is an obvious thing to you all, but it had not been to me.  I’ve always struggled with an addiction to computer games.  And I am very good at coming up with excuses on why playing them is ok and/or good. :p  I don’t know if gaming is a definite ‘good’ or ‘bad’ thing, but I do know that to spend endless hours on something is never a good thing.  We should have variety in our life.  Gaming takes that (and many, many other things) away from us.

In March, I quit the game I was addicted to.  That was a very hard decision to make and an even harder action to carry out (especially since I had to leave in stages and not all at once).  Then I became addicted to blogging.  Just kidding!  😀  No, then we went to a lecture in the park (by the same people who did the money lecture mentioned here) on addictions.  Simply quitting an addiction won’t help you.  You’ll just go on to get addicted by another one, because you didn’t get to the “root” of the matter.

The reason we become addicted to games, drugs, alcohol, smoking, etc. is because we think we will find satisfaction in them.  The addiction comes because the particular thing does not give us lasting fulfillment.  We find quick fulfillment, but as soon as we leave we crave more.

There is only one person who can give you true and lasting fulfillment/satisfaction.  His name is Jesus.  Did you know that God created us serve and worship Him?  When we do what we were made to do we find true and lasting joy.  Every one of us is unique, made in God’s image.  I’ve actually found through experience that when I serve the Lord and worship Him I am content, joyful, and just generally a more satisfied person than after I spend time on myself through games, books, etc.

My challenge to you is this:  Look at the different areas in your life.  What can you limit or cut out to make more time for the Lord?  Is something in your life becoming an idol?  Pray for wisdom as you search your heart.  The Holy Spirit will reveal to you the different things you should change.  It may be hard at times, and you may not be ready to give whatever it is to God.  But, if you think of all God gave up for us… it puts our things into perspective.

We serve an awesome and loving God, and I can’t wait to see what His plans for my life are!  For now I am called to serve my family, love my friends, and make use of every moment to help prepare and grow me for my future ministries.

 

* “Hit me” is an English cliché meaning “I realized” or “I thought of something”.

** Discipline does not just mean punishment.  The original meaning is akin to training for the olympics.  It is hard work, but you do it to become stronger and in the end it is worth all the pain you went through.

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