Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Thinking of Life in Another Way

So I've been reading (slowly mind you because it's a deep and very powerful book) this Rhythm of Life book by Mathew Kelley and today I realized he has a news letter. So I signed up. Got my first email and it was more of his wonderful thought provoking words. I wanted to bring a part of that here because I think it's so important. It's something I've been thinking a lot about lately (I think I've been yearning for this very thing for awhile but couldn't put a name and face to it. MK's book just really hit home with me in this and many other areas). The excerpt below is from his newsletter, as I said but if you find this piece interesting, his book is a larger version of this:

A Personal Message from Matthew
I love the summer. For some reason the long, hot days just breathe extra enthusiasm for life into me. This summer, I am looking forward to finishing the book I am working on at present, training for my marathon in October, spending time at home, our Milford retreats, and my annual trip to Fatima, Portugal. All of these breathe new life into me and prepare me to go back on the road in the fall to engage and inspire my listeners. My question for you this month is... what are you going to do this summer that is going to breathe new life into you? Athanasius wrote, "The glory of God is man fully alive." Are you fully alive? What would it take to bring you to life that little bit more? Don't put it off. Every year I watch and marvel at the transformation people experience on our retreats. I see the resistance. I hear stories about how they nearly didn't come, or were scared to come alone, or didn't want to come at all. But by the end of the retreat they are so glad they didn't put it off...What will bring you to life this summer? Seek it. Embrace it. Celebrate it. Allow it to embrace you and transform you. I look forward to our paths crossing again before too long... and seeing you fully alive!

I'm excited to figure out what will bring me fully alive this summer. I have so many things each day that inspire me and give me flutters of joy but I believe that God has so much more than that for each of us. I believe it's meant to be more like an overwhelming flood for glory in our lives. It's meant to be so great we can't even imagine it. I truly believe God has that for every person alive today but who is really ready to fully receive it? Who is willing to do what it takes to live that unconventional life? I know I want to be. Makes me think of a song by FlyLeaf called Fully Alive. Here is the chorus:

Fully alive
More than most
Ready to smile and love life
Fully alive and she knows
How to believe in futures

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