set your life toward the greater

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Beloved child of mine,

Don’t settle for the trajectory of the small. Set your life toward the greater. The small calls with voracious strength, but you were created for so much more! Your mind, your strength, your life experiences — each has been given that you’d seek your Creator. That you’d seek God, and know Him, and love Him; that you’d bow before Him and follow Jesus as Lord; that you’d be drawn into the Arms which encircle the globe, and know His care.

Oh dear child, seek Him. Choose the life set toward the greater!

Ponder His universe. Think through the longings common to all people, and don’t avoid life’s ultimate questions: “Who made me?” “Why am I here?” “Is this all there is?” “What happens when I die?” Many sublimate and hide from deep thought. Be different. Be a thinker.

Read God’s words. He’s saved the answers to each of those questions. His words, written down over thousands of years are meant for your eyes, your mind, your heart. Memorize; meditate; mull over scripture’s truth. Live on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God!

Pray for understanding. Pray for Spirit-given belief. Pray to be able to trust. And don’t just ask over and over for “better” circumstances — pray that you’d be given the honor of loving Him, of worshiping Him, of walking closely as His disciple. Pray without ceasing. For Jesus sticks closer than anyone ever could. He’s there for you to talk to. He’s there for you.

Obey. No matter the cost to you. No matter the ridicule from the society around you. Pray as you seek to fully submit to God’s better. Pray that you’ll be able to (1) identify your inner longings, (2) discern the lies — of your heart, of your culture, of Satan — that promise quick-fixes, but instead pull you away from the Lord. And (3) pray that He’ll give you the ability to discern His better ways, and to love the guidance He gives. Submit to His ways. He always means best for you!

Fight. Fight to be able to identify when you’re longing for the mere shadows of the Real, and fight to cling to the better and bigger Story, the one that the counterfeits and the lesser stories are meant to hint at.

Seek wise counsel when you can’t do it on your own (and for all of us, that’s often).  Ask for help from godly men and women who are themselves seeking the triune God with their whole hearts.

Remember this: You were created “a large, deep, eternal being, and only something larger and deeper and more eternal will satisfy the longings of your soul.” Don’t be content with sublimation or ignorance. Set your life’s trajectory toward the larger and deeper and more eternal. Today. Now.

For these next years you’ll be peppered at every turn with well-meaning (although sometimes anxiety-causing) questions. You’ll be asked, over and over, “What are your plans? What do you want to do with your life?”

Know this: Dad and I care more about who you become than what you do. Degrees come and go. Careers rise and fall.

Who you become lasts forever.

So as the new year begins, determine to set your life trajectory toward the greater. Lose the small life for Jesus’ sake. Know the something larger and deeper and everlastingly significant you were created to know.

Know Jesus, my beloved child. Know Jesus.

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About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and work as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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