Monday, September 2, 2013

OMTL Day 2: "Roller Coaster"

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
        --Romans 12:11

This week we're talking about "Living Passionately." 

If you've ever been to an amusement park, chances are you've ridden a roller coaster. Take a moment and remember what it was like.

When you ride a roller coaster, there are ups, downs, twists, and turns. It's risky. It's dizzying, disorienting, frightening, and exhilarating. 

It can even be painful. Have you ever ridden one of those old wooden roller coasters that hold you in with just a bar across your lap? Those things can really bang you around on the turns. 

In the book One Month to Live, Pastor Kerry Shook says that riding a roller coaster is an analogy for how we were meant to live. 

It's the ups and downs and not-knowing-what-to-expect that make a roller coaster exciting. And Kerry says that life should be the same way. Not a safe, stuck-in-a-rut, same-old same-old, hum-drum existence. But a passionate adventure. Scary at times. Painful at others. But never boring.

Today's Scripture says, "Never be lacking in zeal..." Zeal. That's a Bible-type word that means "passion." And so is "fervor." 

In Romans 12:11, Paul the Apostle is telling us to "Live Passionately." And one way to do that is to step outside your comfort zone. Take a risk. Get off the safe, predictable merry-go-round -- and ride the roller coaster.

Right now, take a moment to pray for God's guidance throughout the day. Pray for "spiritual fervor" as you "serve the Lord." Then, as you go through the day, look for an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and do something risky for God. 

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