There is a box and 90% of the world is sitting inside of it.
Actually, there’s a good chance 99.9% of the world is sitting inside of it.
But boxes don’t do anything…
at least not on their own.
It’s the people outside of the box who actually get things done. So, my question to you is:
Which side of the box are you on?
Jesus took boxes and smashed them, rearranged them, broke them down, moved them. He showed the world a different world from what they were used to. He made them think.
As Christians, we should do the same!
We should think and live outside the box. Every single day.
But, it’s hard to do. Inside the box is safe, warm, comfortable. Outside the box is a great, big, unknown world. We can’t be lazy outside the box. We can’t be complacent outside the box. We can’t be ignorant outside the box.
I use the terminology “thinking outside the box” quite regularly in my day to day life because it truly is the epitome of our family. Our family strives to live outside the box, be box movers and even sometimes box wreckers. I want to raise children who can think for themselves and recognize when others aren’t.
But how do YOU know if you are living on the inside or the outside of the box?
Does my family look different than the rest of the world?
Do I find myself appalled by the things the world deems normal?
Do I ever feel alone in certain decisions? Even within my own church?
Do I know that following Christ isn’t the easy thing to do?
But, even if you’ve answered these questions in the affirmative, you may only be teetering on the edge of the box, ready to jump back in at any moment. Living outside the box is the abundant life that comes from freedom.
It is the life that says, “There is Truth and I will stand for it!” It is the life that says, “I will unashamedly lead my family in a different direction, and I will press on and persevere no matter the consequences.”
Stepping outside the confines of our boxes can be intimidating at first, but trust me, there comes a point when you are so different and life is so much better on the outside, that you shudder at the thought of getting back in that dark, boring, crowded box.
Oh sure, there are times when I wonder what the people in the box must think of me. And there are times when I think life inside the box would be so much easier, but there is nothing in there worth giving up the wide open spaces I enjoy now!
Now is the time. It is a new year. Open your eyes. Look around you. What do you see?
Does your life match up with Scripture? Are you fully surrendered to Christ, rather than to the box?
Are you led by the Lord or are you swayed by popular opinion, media blasts, and a world that has turned its back on the God of the Bible?
When persecution strikes your family will you be equipped to face the storm or will you drown inside a soggy box because you didn’t see it coming?
I beseech you, get out of the box! Grab onto your role as mother, wife, friend, follower of Christ with both hands! Live an extreme life that breathes adventure! Quit worrying about what will happen to you if you aren’t safe and snug inside the box. God’s got you!
No, it won’t be easy…God doesn’t ask us to do easy things. And no, it won’t be popular…that’s not in the Bible either. But, I know from what I read in God’s Word that life outside the box is life abundant
And folks, that’s what I want more than anything…
Life abundant until I have life everlasting.