Bills to pay. Dishes to clean. Calls to return. Rooms to vacuum. Meetings to attend. Homework to help with. Mouths to feed. Projects to finish.
Welcome to survival mode.
The demands of everyday existence can so easily suck away our joie de vivre, leaving us too tired for excitement, too worn out for wonder, and too complacent for passion. Without even realizing it, we fall into a lull of living that isn’t so much as it is just getting by. The daily grind can wear on our souls and siphon away our emotional energy, leaving us in a holding pattern of lackluster living.
But lackluster? Complacent? Indifferent? When I meet Jesus in Scripture, he is anything but apathetic. I can’t imagine Jesus trying to just get through a day or merely going through the motions in a haze of exhaustion. Was he ever busy or physically tired or emotionally worn thin? Certainly. But Jesus didn’t coast through life on neutral, half-living. Jesus lived life to the fullest. And he invites us into this , into .
We misunderstand the Christian life if we think it’s primarily about an escape plan into an amazing afterlife, the reward for trudging through an earthly life of drudgery. Yes, heaven is our glorious hope, but the life we find in Christ doesn’t start when we die. The eternal life we find begins here, is now. In Jesus, we discover that daily life is meaningful, shocked with color and full of hidden beauties. In Jesus, we’re given reason to be thankful, motivation to be generous, enthusiasm to love. In Jesus, we find purpose behind our pain and significance for even the mundane tasks of daily living.1
Beyond Survival Mode
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