You might be a creature of habit, but are you free? Or has your vision of the world become hard and inflexible? We depend on structures for context, but every human-made design has limitations.
Be careful when you catch yourself thinking or saying:
- That’s how it’s always been done.
- That’s just how I am.
While traditions have value, if they crush creativity or caring, there’s something wrong. Also, don’t misinterpret the phrase, “God understands me.” If you use this as an excuse to hurt yourself or others, God certainly wants you to change.
We shouldn’t throw all structures out the window, but remember why they exist – to serve us, not the other way around.
If you find yourself in a spiritual rut, you might try participating in a retreat, Bible study, or some kind of volunteer/church service. Also, intensify your prayer efforts. Ask God to help you open up your conversation with him. It’s important to spend time examining your attitudes, especially towards those closest to you.
Don’t let your faith get stale. Keep it alive and be renewed. Make this a priority in your life and see how the heavens open up to you.
A message and prayer from Vincent:
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Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings.
Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and saw everything clearly.
PRAYER TO BE FREE FROM TOO MUCH STRUCTURE (regular text)
Oh blessed Lord,
I know you desire order and responsibility from me. Chaos is not your plan.
Still, oh Lord, keep me close. Free me from dead structures where I count on old ways or rituals instead of resting in you. Free me from anything that imprisons me… or others.
Awaken in me new ways, an authentic faith in Christ.
Help me to understand you desire a change of heart, not sacrifice.
Your Kingdom is not of this world. Let me see past doubts and fears.
You elevate the humble, the outcast. You wash clean the forgotten. May your Spirit fill me and open my eyes again to the Good News.
Jesus nailed to the cross for me then raised up in glory. Christ alone is sufficient, and in him I find meaning.
Let me be free, joyful and quick to love, serve and give. Renew me in the freedom of knowing Jesus as Lord.
In his holiest of names,