I’m convinced of “one thing”

What are you convinced of?  Does life make sense to you?  Do you know what the secret to life is all about? 

My life has been a journey of discovering that “one thing”.  But it seems that the “one thing” always seems to allude my grasp.  As soon as I think I have discovered what the “one thing” is – I realize that isn’t “it.”  Today, I am slowly coming to a realization that it has nothing to do with what I thought it was.  At least my focus has been in the wrong direction. 

Before you turn off this post and go to see what someone else has to say – here me out.  Life is not about what you can gain, obtain, save, or promote into.  It’s not about building churches, growing ministries, or even having a feeling of fulfillment.  Life is not about any of that.  It is about “one thing” living.  (The video clip is PG13)

City Slickers is one of my all time favorite movies.  I was there in the theatre when it was first released in 1991.  Ever since then I have thought about that “one thing” in life.  All of this time I have been missing it.  I may even miss it tomorrow.  But for now I am getting a grasp of it.

You see – we miss the meaning of everything about life all of the time.  For example, one may say the most powerful force on earth is prayer.  I’ve come to believe that prayer is not the most powerful force but rather God is.  You see – we try to think this act or that thing we do is what it’s all about  – but it’s not.  It has always been about God.  I know that’s hard to grasp… after following God and trying to get to know him for almost 25 years I still miss that “one thing”. 

Oswald Chambers puts it this way,

The purpose of prayer is that we get ahold of God, not the answer.  (My Utmost for His Highest, February 7).

We get it wrong.  We seek and search for the “one thing” in life and miss the mark because we never get ahold of God.  The keeper and giver of that “one thing”.  We are so selfish at times in our praying that we want to consume all of our prayers on ourselves.  God wants us to get a hold of Him.  He wants our praying, seeking, and focus to be consumed on Him.

I believe everyone has the opportunity to get things right.  The ultimate “do-over” in life only comes through Jesus Christ.  This life in Christ is a great one!  It doesn’t mean that you will not have problems or struggles in life anymore.  It does mean you will have power to deal with and overcome the difficulties in life.  It does mean strength in times of trying to discover what life is all about.

Once you discover what the “one thing” in life is – go after “it” like your life depends on it… like the life of your family depends on it.  Because your family does depend on it. 

Psalm 27:4  sums it up like this,

One thing I ask of the LORD,
       this is what I seek:
       that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
       all the days of my life,
       to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
       and to seek him in his temple.

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