Part 1: Living From The Heart - When Life Comes Alive

There are expressions in various Christian circles–“hearing from God,” “saved by faith,” or “accepting Jesus as our personal savior”–that can come off as cliché. While they may hold a great deal of personal meaning to some of us, they often sound baffling, unattractive or flat-out weird to others. The expression “accepting Jesus as your personal savior” is such a saying for me. Yes, I can conceptualize that this must be a big deal, the ultimate trump card when it comes to faith, but since I was brought up in a religious setting that didn't use this terminology, it sits uneasily for me. I respect this saying; I just have trouble connecting with it.

Another such phrase is “living from the heart.” What does it really mean? Is it an attractive invitation? Or is it something that, if we are honest, we feel we can't really grasp and therefore can’t attain? Personally, I believe it is a very appealing invitation and also very attainable. Beyond that, I believe it is a game changer for the way I see my life, my greater purpose and the way I live each day.  

Several months ago, I was talking with a friend about how we have limited time here on earth, so why not attempt to make it as rich and meaningful as possible? I mentioned that life really comes alive when we start making it the ultimate priority to do things that we absolutely love to do as much as we can. And we have arrived when those activities don’t merely fill our spare time on the weekends but begin to infiltrate our lives every day.  

In somewhat of a depressed place, my friend replied, “I think I’ve forgotten what I really love to do.” I was blown away by her honesty but didn’t share her bleak outlook. Feeling inspired, I said, “I think it’s time we start to figure that out then.” Getting in touch with who we really are and what really makes us come alive is what living from our hearts is all about. It is an invitation for anyone and everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are 9 or 99. It doesn’t matter what church you attend, or the fact that you don’t go to church at all. It makes life satisfying, but there is a cost or a catch we need to consider. In the next two blogs, I’ll share what accepting this invitation has meant in my life.