Devotionals, Five Minute Friday

A Better Way to Life

It’s here and we hope that it’s better than ever.

Full of hope, promises, newness, and opportunities, the fresh year before us beckons a joyful embrace of things to come.

Last year wasn’t the greatest for a lot of people. Strife, misunderstandings, political unrest, a vastly changing society, disease, brokenness, and hurt filled our homes, communities and all social platforms in between. It really wasn’t pretty a lot of the times and we can only move forward in the hope that we can close that door and throw away the key of despair without anyone ever digging it up from the shallow grave of remembrance.

We move forward with the hope that appears to be on the horizon. Better things await. We can see them and almost taste them. Effort will be made if we don’t drag the yoke of misfortunes of the past behind us like a toddler’s ragged teddy bear forever attached as a comfort item. Let’s not take complacency in the familiar attitudes of disunity. Move on and be better.

1 Peter 2:24 ESV 

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

The Lord’s death on the tree removed our sins, resulting in a  gain for His believers. Our righteousness didn’t come from continued arguments of faith in legal realm of rules, but through surrender at the cross.

Effort will be made if we don't drag the yoke of misfortunes of the past behind us like a toddler's ragged teddy bear Click To Tweet

Peter knew that these words would ring true through the generations. He understood that we would need reminders over the years about healing, and dying to self. If every Christian would think upon this truth, the discord, and the heavy burdens of society would start to heal and find a better way. The church could pull together and seek out how to raise up instead of tear down.

3 John 1:3 ESV 

For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.

Conforming to the world and following what it declares to make life easy will only lead to disappointment and a lack of hope. When we walk in truth, the better way, our character conforms to Christian truth and a life not only worth living, but one that glorifies the one who gave us breathe.

So who wants to join me in better things as we dive into the new year?  How can we build each other up instead of the constant tear down we have faced this last year? Faith needs to be on the forefront and prayer should direct our motives. Let us be open to the Spirit’s leading instead of scoffing in reluctance at His tug. He is good and is always right. The better way is His way, may we follow with a fully expectant heart.

6 thoughts on “A Better Way to Life

  1. Oh how many times I have dragged that ole teddy bear behind me! Thank you for the insight and encouragement! Jesus is the better way!!!

  2. So Jesus is your word for better 🙂 I am ready to begin the day with a beautiful pointer like this….Jesus the better priest than the ones that pointed to him before…. Thanks!!!

  3. “The better way” is indeed his way! Choosing along with you to seek the better things of God, to stick with him – in the midst of the discord surrounding us. Faith and Prayer! Yes, indeed, maryann!

  4. Thanks for the challenge/ encouragement ! I like the bit about the toddler’s teddy bear.

    1. It surely will, Andrew. You’re the bravest person I know online. You’re leaving such an amazing testimony.

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