Christy and I have been reading this book off and on since our wedding and it has had some great thoughts and insights throughout. Many are applicable to both couples and individuals. Here are some recent insights:
Pslam 5:3 "In the morning I lay my expectations before you and wait in expectation. "
How timely as we begin to wait to see where God shall lead us into the future.
"When several paths await you and you wonder what to do, hold one another's hand and seek God. He'll show you what to do, and the two of you can move forward, hand in hand, just the way it was intended to be."
James 1:23-24 "Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what It says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like."
This devotion used the story about a carousel ride and taking your life in circles:
"My life can be like that carousel. I am drawn in by the music and lights, and I pick a horse that I think will take me somewhere enchanting. I laugh and enjoy the ride, never thinking about how I'm passing the same things over and over. I don't hear that the music is canned, notice that the scenery is painted, or see that the people around me aren't going anywhere either. Until something breaks the illusion.
Please don't misunderstand. Carousels are wonderful rides for children and fun experiences for adults, but too many of us never get off the blasted thing. We continue the illusion of actually going somewhere or doing something significant while we're spinning around a painted destination."
It goes on to say:
"Each of us was created with a mission and a purpose that was placed in us before the world's foundation. But we get distracted."
I know these words are a challenge for Christy and I as we move forward in our life together. I hope they challenge you to look forward to this new year and new beginning and that you'll take the chance to get of the carousel if you need to.
Pray for us and let us know and we'll pray for you.