People. We are complicated. We are all uniquely made, yet at the very core of our being we are the same. We are filled with dreams, aspirations, and excitement. Many have a spirit longing to live an adventurous life or dare to try something new and risky. You know these people. Maybe, it's you. The room changes as people like this walk in the room. The spark found in their eyes twinkles as if it will never go out.
And yet, somewhere on the journey of life, that spark begins to flicker. The person who was once filled with ideas has slowly been filled with disappointment, hurt and loss. When you see this once vibrant person walking down the street, his or her step has lost that bounce. The voice has become dull and lifeless.
You cry, "Why?” Maybe it’s you, or maybe your heart breaks for what was lost. The person you once were has disappeared, even though you are physically still here. You have found yourself numb. You find yourself searching, asking how did this happen? Maybe it's not you, but you see this person walking aimlessly in your neighborhood, at the grocery store, on vacation, or in your church. This once hopeful person resembles a walking zombie, going through the motions, but completely lifeless. Many people, even Christians, build their life like a house of cards. At some point that house will fold, and it will all come crashing down.
Here is what I've learned. Don't build your life on people. Marriages can break, children will leave your home, people die, rejections laughs in your face, dreams fail, and friends may hurt you. Some people suck, for lack of a better word, and so can life, if you do not build your life on Christ.
Disappointment will eventually happen, and death will one day knock on your door. Living a life among the walking dead does not need to be your reality. Life can still be full--dreams met, families healed, friendships mended, failure turn into success--if we learn this one simple lesson: build your life on Christ.
“These are the ones along the path where the word is sown: when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, immediately they receive it with joy. But they have no root in themselves; they are short-lived. When pressure or persecution comes because of the word, they immediately stumble. Others are sown among thorns; these are the one, who hear the word, but the worries of this age, the seduction of wealth, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But the ones sown on good ground are those who hear the word welcome it, and produce a crop: 30, 60, and 100 times what was sown. Mark 4: 15-20
Is your life built upon good ground?