Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of…

* This is fairly raw.  But I’ve been thinking about this for a while and needed to get it down. Provides more questions than answers, so I’d appreciate some conversation on this one. 

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Radical by David Platt

All great books that I’ve read dealing with a Christian’s identity in the world around us.  Who we are to be.  What we’re called to do.  How we should live our life.  I will admit that each of these books have provided me some great insight in to the thoughts and desires of my heart lately.  In all the questions I have about my own circumstances, I’ve been pondering the following:

Has the American Dream” infiltrated the church and God’s call for His people?

Here’s what I mean.  The “American Dream” is the desire to live a life of comfort in all aspects of one’s life.  To have money, a white picket fence, a job you love, your trophy wife, children, and some weekend toys to play with.  In her book, The Ethnic Press: Shaping the American Dream, Leara Rhodes states, “According to The Dream, this includes the opportunity for one’s children to grow up and receive a good education and career without artificial barriers. It is the opportunity to make individual choices without the prior restrictions that limited people according to their class, caste, religion, race, or ethnicity.”  In other words, achieve what you want because in this country, there is nothing that can hold you back!  People have been pursuing this dream ever since Columbus crossed the horizon.  It’s the continuous effort to climb the ladder of success without limitations or barriers, and however one defines success is up to them.  But what does this mean for those who are striving to live the life that God has called them to?

Should this “dream” mentality even surface in the mind of a Christian?  Does this conflict with the purpose-driven, crazy, radical life that we can live in Christ?

“It’s the nature of the beast inside us to retreat to the familiar rather than to strap on faith and face the future.” ~ Chuck Swindoll

Have we as Christians allowed the American way of life to infect the very nature of who we are called to be?  Have we gotten too comfortable and familiar with our American lifestyle, that we reject what God may be calling us to do?

Seek the Lord with all your heart, and He will make it very clear who He wants you to be, where you are to go, and what you are to do.

“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him…” ~ 1 Corinthians 7:17

Jeremiah 29:11-13Psalm 46:10, Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 21:1, Colossians 3:23-24

Still processing…but I’d love your thoughts and comments.

Rak Chazak!!  God bless you!!

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10 thoughts on “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of…

  1. stacylevitsky says:

    Thanks for sharing, Cameron! I’ve been contemplating similar things for a while now…but maybe on the flip side. I wonder how often God calls people to live a simple life, or at least for seasons of their lives. I always wanted to do great things for The Lord, to be called to some life of obedience with crazy steps of faith, willing to do anything God asks of me. For now, God has me disabled, home, caring for my husband and son. I think sometimes there is such pressure on Christians to do great things and take leaps of faith, when God is calling them to serve exactly were they are, being obedient to God’s Word in the everyday sacred mundane. I do think, however, there is a tendency for us as Americans to get so comfortable that we stop asking God what He wants – whether that be quiet life of obedience or grand things. He can use us as long as we are willing to listen to Hod voice. I think it’s also important to note that sometimes God is silent even when you are seeking Him. A time of waiting can be preparation for a life changing call from The Lord My mind feels a little jumbled from the pain today, so I hope this makes sense!

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    • Cameron Stevens says:

      Very true Stacy! I wrote another post a couple years ago about living in God’s snowglobe. Sometimes He picks us up, shakes us, and puts us right back down where we are. The sole purpose is to remind us and show us His love and grace is constantly surrounding us! Keep serving your husband and baby boy with all your heart. I will be praying for you. Thanks for commenting! God bless you!

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  2. Cathy says:

    Sometimes I forget there are different cultures and a whole world out there that God has called too. (I know, pretty self centered!) Most of the commands of how we should live were given in a culture of pagan idolatrous worship that sacrificed children to gods, who killed anyone who claimed to be a “follower” and most who didn’t know about God as Creator and LORD. It was a huge, radical set apart life if you were a Christian. Thus the persecution. We don’t know persecution. Today radical = weird and we don’t want to be weird. But weird was Noah, Jeremiah, Daniel, John the Baptist, and Jesus himself.
    Just rambling my thoughts…..

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    • Cameron Stevens says:

      Thanks for commenting Cath. Very true. We have no clue what real persecution looks like. But I do believe it’s coming. We need to continue to prepare our hearts and minds in Jesus. And by all accounts, I want to be weird 🙂 I’m sure you know that already…

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  3. Stephen says:

    Hi Cameron. I do enjoy your posts and this like so many of yours rings true in my heart & mind.
    I chased the dream for most of my life, it brought me mostly pain. Constantly comparing with the neighbours, constantly measuring myself below others, working to provide more and more. I woke up to the Truth of Christ about 3 years ago. And now I am slowly dwindling away the things around me. They are distractions that for so many years kept me away from God and my family. Man cannot have two masters, you cannot chase money and God. I now want God so much more than stuff. Its no longer my “dream” rather a nightmare of debt and consumption. As a good steward I can affect so many more around me rather than being more comfortable.

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    • Cameron Stevens says:

      Thanks for commenting bro. You’re absolutely right! We can not serve two masters. May we find the strength to continue to rid our lives of the distractions and idols that yank us away from our first love. Keep fighting bro! God bless you!!

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  4. Stwphanie Velona says:

    This is somwthing I have thought about Cameron. We as Americans are cinstantly being baraged by the media and our peers to improvw ourselves and our circumstances. I have been guiltt of falling into this myself. So many times I think do I really know what the Lord wants me to do? I have often said I am not one who jas known what my calling is. I just do the footwork and see where the Lord leads. I am learning that I need to add time to my daily reading of the Word to just sit quietly so I can hear the Lord speak to me, nudge me, stir my heart so that I can know what He wants from me.

    Obviously I have no answer either but I too am aware of this struggle as a Christian and I am trying to listen more.

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    • Cameron Stevens says:

      Thanks for your thoughts Stephanie. It’s us very easy to fall into the comfort of wanting what we want, as opposed to what God wants. It’s definitely a struggle we need to fight against and seek the Lord in all we do. God bless you!!

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