I just finished watching the movie Yes Man starring Jim Carrey. I must admit that it wasn't my favorite, and it had several awkward moments, but it did get me thinking...and I love movies that make me think.
The basic premise of the movie is a guy who is disengaged in life is challenged to say yes to all opportunities that come his way. As a result, his life changes for the better and he begins to truly live life.
I wonder if we can and should apply this same principle of saying yes to our relationship with Christ. When God asks us to do something, our response should be yes. Living life according to God's rhythm and design is really the only way to truly live. It's not all roses, there are some definite tough times and struggles, but knowing that God is in control gives you the foundation from which to truly live life.
Without God leading and directing my path there are a few things I would not be enjoying in my life right now...my wife, my children, the home that I live in, the car that I drive, serving others with my time, effort and energy and having compassion for the world around me. Even right now, following God's leading has cost me my job and I'm freaking out about what the future holds knowing that we need some sort of income to live...but I ultimately know that God is in control and that He will provide for our needs.
I want to be a yes man in terms of obedience to Christ. I know that I'm going to continue to make mistakes, but I hope that what I see in myself and show to others is a honest effort to try and love and live like Jesus in our world today. I'm learning to give, I'm learning to love and I'm learning to live in the grace that God gives anew each day.