…. that changes a lot.
I’ve posted sometimes about the feelings I have about my life– what’s the value of my life? what am I doing? what about unreached dreams? stuff like that I’ve been struggling with cyclically as I age.
So, I was telling Vitaliy about a week ago, “I think God wants me to think about this. Usually when something bothers me in this way, it’s a signal of where He wants to speak to me.”
I may have gotten the answer that closes the cycle. Finally.
I was late-night yakking with a friend about my frustrations, and a flash of insight shot into my brain.
I’ve been assuming the wrong question. It’s those hidden assumptions that are so foundational to everything, and we often don’t see them there– because we’ve assumed them.
For life analysis, I’ve been assuming the question: Is my life fulfilling? And that assumed question makes me land on slippery ground when I try to answer it. Yes. No. Maybe so. …. It’s always changing. It rubs painfully on the parts where I am still in the dark and need to trust God with my future.
And along with that insight followed this:
The better question to be asking/answering in order to evaluate my life is: Am I being obedient? faithful? fruitful? Am I letting the Son of God live in me in ever greater surrender?
It’s rather painful to pry my mind off the topic of personal fulfillment. But I think it’s the only healthy option. “Fulfillment” is not a goal, it’s a by-product, a result. Like happiness. It may be felt, it may not be felt. But it’s not the point. It’s not the goal of my life– to feel fulfilled.
Am I being obedient, am I being faithful, am I being fruitful in the revealed will of God for my life? Those are the truer questions.
… It’s a shift. It’s a transformation, a renewing of my mind.
It is learning to pray with greater sincerity: “Our Father in heaven, … your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Thank you, Anne! Very good insight on battling the way I think in that area!