One word completely changed my view of God and Christianity; Wonder.
I’ve been the dreamer, thinker, quiet-observer type for as long as I can remember.
I would much rather be silent and learning than speaking and telling.
My world is always more colorful and abundant when I give myself the time to reflect, meditate, or discover. And when spontaneous opportunities of awe and wonder come my way, those are the moments that make me feel most alive.
What is so great about living this way is that these moments of ecstasy and enlightenment can occur every day. It’s only a matter of my awareness.
Which brings me to 1 Timothy 6. This chapter is the summary of the Christian’s life.
(NIV) V11: “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.”
(MSG) V11: “pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy.”
I think the order of these characteristics are fascinating!
- 1st – The righteous life. Freely given to believers as a pure gift from God Himself!
- Then Godliness. Godliness can be defined as being God-aware. The MSG translation uses, “a life of wonder”.
- Faith – trust+love for God. “Lord, I give you all”
- Endurance/Steadiness/faithful -consistent perseverance
- Gentleness/courtesy – care +concern for people. Serving others like Jesus.
How appropriate that the Christian life starts with, “WoW!”
I think awe/wonder/godliness are easily the most neglected marks of a Christian life.
We focus so much on serving, loving, and being disciplined that we forget to awe. And in doing so, we often get drained, bored, tired, or unamused along the way. I honestly think this is one major reason why some Christians are mean, grouchy, annoying, irritable, and miserable.
Applying this concept of godliness to my life has revolutionized my faith.
Although wonder and reflection tend to come naturally for me, applying it to my faith has been a shift. I’ve found that the more in awe of God I am, the more I trust and love Him. Likewise, the more God-aware I am, the more perseverance I express. And the more I wonder of the “bigger picture” that I have, the easier it is to have concern and care for those around me.
I’m dedicated to using my days to awe. How?
Look around. Go outside. Interact with others. Don’t neglect sciences. Read articles. Listen to music. Make music. Go to an art gallery. See a film. Play with children. Focus your attention. Sit, breath, and pray.
Use these moments to make yourself more God-aware.
Friends, you don’t have to be in the pages of your Bible or favorite devotional to practice godliness. In fact, leave your Bible at home and go take a walk. It might transform your faith.
You and I have a responsibility to wonder.
[My favorite resources on awe/wonder]
- “Indescribable” -Louie Giglio
- TED lectures http://www.ted.com
- Jason Silva – Shots of Awe
- The Imaginary Foundation