Living a crucified and mindful Christian life only occurs with the help of my Heavenly Father. It only occurs when there is unity in purpose and intent as I fellowship with others. I have personally come to believe that my focus on gaining and maintaining control left little room for the healthier things needed in my life. Where there was a lack of self-worth and identity - Christ restored this. Where there was significant imbalance, He restored it. Healthy relationships that are enriching and full of kindness, compassion, and charity - He provided a way to show me how such is achievable. Where I thought no available opportunity afforded me a way through my personal struggles and dilemmas - He guided me through them. All because I learned this truth: "Whatever he says to you, do it!"
“Repent … for the Kingdom of Heaven has Come Near!”
Christ's invitation is for us to repent and turn unto Him as a means to follow. His invitation is for us to turn from our way and go the way of the righteous and covenant path. To be guided by the Holy Spirit. This is key to finding His Kingdom. Our willingness to change our hearts and reform our lives to live a committed and disciplined life unto our Heavenly Father. As we turn our will and life over to His care - we are redeemed through His grace. Yet, if we refuse to repent, we will miss that which we most desperately desire and seek after.
Full of Grace and Truth
In choosing the mindful and crucified Christian life means we are choosing a life where we find strength and hope. Find the capacity to grow and learn how to live with peace and joy in a world full of despondence and despair. We are learning to become full of grace and truth by applying the principle truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ into our own lives. It is not an easy process either. It requires personal sacrifice and daily discipline. However, how great shall be our reward when we come before Christ and know of a surety, we are like Him - full of Grace and Truth.
Pursuing After Christ
Even in the smallest and minute details of everyday life causes frustrations. And it may require one to take a step back and take a deep breath. Lifting our hearts and minds toward our Heavenly Father. The more we pursue after Christ in fellowship and discipleship, the more we rise above those distractions and struggles of the day. Knowing we are not alone for Christ is here - faithfully guiding us through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is patient with us. His love for us knows no bounds. So, if we consistently pursue Christ - He will bring sweet peace to our troubled heart and soul.
Personal Reflection: When You Need a Light
What does it take to be the light? Humility and compassion. Willingness to put aside our own instinct to rescue them with faulty platitudes and shallow empathy. To sit with them and mourn with them. To weep with them. To comprehend what they are struggling with is difficult and real. To hear the song of their despair and embrace them in the divine love our Heavenly Father has for each of us.
“The Lord is With You”
Each one of us, in confronting those times where we are discouraged and disappointed, have felt a paradoxical truth. If we admit the reality of our situation. Actively let go of our need to control the people and situations that have brought on our feeling discouraged and disappointed. Surrendering such things unto our Heavenly Father's care. There is a sense of freedom and relief. Not that those disappointments and discouragements cease. Our ability to embrace them, accept them, and manage through those experiences in order to overcome the frustrations and limitations through Christ is all the more empowering.
“Be it unto Me According to Thy Word”
Whatever you are seeking in the New Year - what is seemingly impossible to you that may require faithful obedience to surrender unto Heavenly Father's will? How are you able to live a mindful and crucified Christian life where your response is that of Mary and living in a manner that is according to God's word?
10 Guiding Premises of Living a Mindful and Crucified Christian Life
Christian mindfulness is coming to a place where we attach our deepest sense of self to God and seek after His kingdom and righteousness (see, Matthew 6:33, ESV). This requires us to surrender ourselves over to His divine will and grace. By being mindful, we are present focused on the moment and experiencing that moment without any prejudice or criticism. Adding to this, we are present focused on God's will and desire within those moments as we experience them without any criticism or prejudice on our part. Since we are called to seek after God and desire to do His will, we are establishing ourselves as citizens of His kingdom.