It has been a while! When I first decided to blog, it was a stress reliever…I guess I thought, “what better way to deal with stress than to share it with the world?!” Not really, but I did think it would be a great outlet for what can only be described as a sometimes crazy life. Well when your life involves majoring in English, blogging can feel a bit excessive. However, because I seem to enjoy it, here goes round two!
So just to warn you beforehand, the intro had nothing to do with what I will actually be talking about! If you are interested in finding great ways to relieve stress, then that’s awesome…but I am sorry to disappoint. Tonight’s topic, however, is something I think we can all relate to: relationships, or to be more accurate, relationship.
I am sure I am not the only person that feels completely bombarded by all of the posts on Facebook from friends and family that are beginning relationships, having children, getting engaged, heading into married life, celebrating anniversaries, etc…I mean, Hallmark channel had the entire month of June devoted to movies about weddings. Before you begin to think, “YES another bitter Christian lady bashing relationships!” let me be clear. This is not a rant bashing these posts in any way shape or form, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. I love these posts! I am beyond blessed to have so many wonderful examples of what Godly relationships look like, and I don’t know if y’all have noticed, but when two vessels come together and continue to keep God in the center, amazing things happen! These examples have become #goals if you will…however, that doesn’t mean that these posts don’t leave me extremely aware of what I don’t have… So where am I going with this?
Since I have been thinking about relationships quite frequently, the song Relentless Pursuit by Kim Walker-Smith keeps popping into my head. If you haven’t heard it (you definitely should), the basic message behind the lyrics is that our relationship with God is not all about allowing God to pursue us, but that we should run after Him, pursuing Him relentlessly simply because He is the love of our life. Do I believe that it is a coincidence that this specific song keeps surfacing in my head? I think not.
Because this song keeps playing in my head, I decided to step back, look at my life, and search for ways that I am, and the many ways that I am probably not, pursuing God relentlessly. I am sure that it would be easy to just make a list and be done with it, but instead, I am going to turn this into a series of sorts. I would give more details, but I haven’t thought that far ahead yet. (Feel free to leave suggestions!)
Instead I will be beginning simply: what is the definition of relentless? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it means “showing or promising no abatement (weakening) of strength, severity, intensity, or pace.”
Well, with a definition like that, I probably don’t even have to go into more detail on what a relentless pursuit of God looks like. Seriously, it’s all there! Read it. Several times. Ask yourself:
- Am I pursuing God with an unrelenting strength? Or am I just giving Him what I have left after all of my other obligations?
- Am I running to God because I crave the fullness of His presence in my life? Or am I just running to him when I have an issue in my life that nothing else has seemed to fix?
- What does the pace of my relationship with God look like? Am I giving Him my all, all of the time, and in return growing consistently, or am I growing when it’s convenient, then setting Him back on the shelf until the next rainy day?
It is important that we ask ourselves these questions, and that we take the time to reflect on what our relationship with God looks like, so we can dive even deeper into the amazing relationship that He has placed before us. I will leave you with 2 Peter 5-8, and hope that you will stay tuned as I explore this topic more deeply.
(5)For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; (6) and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; (7) and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (8) For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV