Reckless Abandonment

Reckless abandonment. What does that mean to me? It means throwing off all the things of this world and running as fast as I can toward Jesus and not caring about a single thing along the way. This very accurately characterizes Ruth in the Bible. She gave up everything she had ever known to follow God with this kind of reckless abandonment. This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible, and I know that God put her story in the Bible to encourage us and teach us. "She wanted God's will, not hers; His blueprints, not her elementary scribbling; God's assignment, not her foolish plans." This is so true. That is exactly what I want, but do I truly live like this? Ruth did, and I believe there is so much we can learn from her.

"A single woman today needs the boldness to challenge and break the cycle of the "American way" that exalts a relationship with a man as the answer to life. This "American way" blurs the reality of the ultimate answer to life found in a deep relationship with Jesus Christ." I know many of you can relate to how hard it is to break the cycle of the "American way," but it is crucial to finding true happiness and satisfaction.

"The depth of your relationship with God is up to you. God has no favorites; the choice to surrender is yours. A.W. Tozer so brilliantly stated in his book The Pursuit of God: 'It will require a determined heart and more than a little courage to wrench ourselves loose from the grip of our times and return to Biblical ways.'"

So many times we settle for a surface-level, mediocre relationship with God, because it is easier. Who really looks forward to being convicted of their sinfulness or pushed out of their comfort zone?? NOT ME!!! But our relationship with God should be so much more than this. He desires to have an intimate relationship with us like no other relationship. He can satisfy our deepest needs like no one and nothing else. I am learning these things very slowly, but I am trying each day to go deeper with God, to really experience His presence and to fall madly in love with the Creator of the universe.

Now, the hard part ... we have to "wrench ourselves loose from the grip of our times." It is so hard to let go of what has been engrained into our minds since childhood, but this is our challenge ... to live our lives according to Biblical ways and not earthly ways.

Once again learning to love,