This is Living Now
Before I decided to live for Jesus, I struggled with depression, loneliness, worthlessness, and such. Since giving my life to Christ I have found joy, completeness, purpose, and hope. This song "This is Living Now" has been on my mind so much lately. Just take a look at the lyrics:
"Waking up knowing there's a reason
All my dreams come alive
Life is for living with You
I've made my decision
You lift me up, fill my eyes with wonder
Forever young in Your love
This freedom's untainted with You
No moment is wasted
See the sun now bursting through the clouds
Black and white turns to color all around
All is new, in the Savior I am found
This is living now"
Wow. Powerful and beautiful. When I listen and read the lyrics I can't help but tear up at the message it gives. This song is speaking of life found in Jesus Christ. Life is dull and dead without him (even when we don't realize it). But when we choose Him, we are awakened to a whole new reality. The reality of what we were truly created for, and that is living for Him.
Another thing I struggled with before knowing Jesus was feeling like I lacked purpose. Have you ever had these thoughts?
Why am I alive today?
Why am I on this earth?
What's the point of life?
Thoughts like those above used to haunt me daily. It scared me not knowing the point or purpose of my life. Fear and questions propelled me to find my answers. So I prayed. I prayed HARD. There were many moments where it felt like I was praying into thin air. It felt like God wasn't listening.
But do you know what got me to where I am today?
I didn't give up.
I asked, sought, and knocked on God's door until I found the answers I was looking for. Through a long journey, I found them. I found Jesus. I discovered He was the answers to all my hearts desires and questions about life.
I struggled a lot before knowing Christ. And of course, struggles in their different forms are still in my life today. We live in an imperfect world with imperfect people, so we are going to face struggles, questions, doubts, and trials for the rest of our lives. But what is beautiful now is that my eyes have now been opened to the bigger picture behind life. Once you find the purpose of life, then everything in life will align with that same purpose.
My life without Jesus was meaningless. My life with Jesus is unlike anything I could of imagined. Without Jesus there is no point to life. In Him there is purpose to be found everyday.
With Him we have a hope and a future.
With Him we can come alive and truly live.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."