The other night as I was falling asleep I was going through a whole bunch of childhood memories I have from growing up on the prairies! I grew up climbing trees, refurbashing bikes and a wagon with my uncle, going on tractor and semi rides, preferring pants over skirts and dresses any day, and making “soup” with leaves and ditch water in an old kitchen pot. Mom would let us make fires, work in the garden, and sleep outside in the tent by ourselves (that never really worked though, we always got scared). We played long and hard in the summer.
I could idolize my years growing up…. but honestly I really couldn’t have asked for a better childhood! To watch a movie or go on the computer (which I really never had a reason to go on) was always a treat! Never mind the fact that we had a old monster tv that only played DVDs and VCR... no cable, and our computer was on dial-up so it took fooorrreeevveeerrr to do anything on it.
One year we switched churches. The church I was born into and raised in till I was around 12 years old had gotten a new pastor and we needed to leave because my parents didn’t approve of some things. I’m not trying to create tension but I now fully approve of the decision my parents made. At that point in my life I didn’t understand and I didn’t want to be dragged away from the only friends and church I had ever known! But something that I’ve said often in this blog is that change is good! Not only that though, spiritual growth is good and needed. Never ever let people stop you from a calling or direction you know God is asking you to take, my parents didn’t let people or backlash stop them from doing what they knew they were being told to do and that has been a great example to me.
A good friend and I were talking about the whole thing of people and the way the world is viewing a culturally correct way of living a life… example: grade school, university or college, then career, marriage, children, work and save, retire well-off, spend your last days on earth happy and carefree, and then die. Sounds harsh putting it that way but it’s a fact. Being slightly rebellious to the status quo that whole life expectation bothers me and makes me think a little; is that what God’s plan looks like for my life? I say no not really. Christians these days have bought into the whole mindset of being financially secure and going with the expectations of today's world. I’m not criticizing the people that are feeling called to university to gain knowledge in an area that they plan on serving God with or even going to be a missionary on the campus. Going just because it is expected is probably not the best reason.
Don’t get me wrong with this post though, God can use any life in any way to bring glory to him. He is all powerful and all knowing! It is for those exact reasons why staying in tune with Him and listening to his guiding on your life is the best way to live. Listening to man or the flesh should never trump God’s call for your life… even unto death.