Get out of the fog and live fully alive

Some days I feel like I’m living in a fog, like there’s this heavy cloud weighing me down and I can’t see what’s going on. The day blurs by like a whirlwind and tasks get completed, but for the life of me I can’t remember how. Sometimes I can’t even remember why I walked into the other room. There are other days though, where the sun shines on my face and like a shot of Vitamin D straight to my soul I soak up every moment: where every baby giggle or toddler smile electrifies my heart, where I notice every good thing about the people around me, and nothing can stop the spring in my step.

When I was a kid, I was taught that being a good Christian meant following all the rules, obeying all the laws. As a result, I was sad a lot of the time and I was surrounded by some sad people. We carried around on our shoulders an extraordinary amount of self-imposed guilt, trying to fit this standard of commandment-following perfectionism that could never happen. It’s like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. I’ll never be perfect. But, guess what?! I don’t have to be. Living fully alive is not dependent on my circumstances, but on my belief in Jesus. When you believe that you’ll never be perfect, but instead you rely on Him, that’s where freedom lives. Because of His grace – it doesn’t matter what your past looks like, what you’ve done, He loves you anyway.

Being a Christian doesn’t mean walking around with a sour puss face, being all judgey and living a sad life. It’s just the opposite. Being fully alive is experiencing every second, the whole human thing. It’s knowing that every new day is full of possibility. It’s tasting the sweetness of every moment. It’s savoring the freedom that comes with grace. It’s the rawness of emotion – the hurt, yes – but also the wonder, the awe, the compas sion, the exuberance of life. God wants the best for us like any good dad does. He wants us to do more than just survive through the fog. He wants us live a full and satisfying life.

This weekend, Pastor Michael will talk about living fully alive. If you’re living life in a fog, it’s time to break free.