What does it mean to live backwards? How many lives are being lived backwards??? Mine has been! My backwards living really began when I was in high school. I remember thinking I’d be happy: “If I could just be married; if I could just get a law degree and make a million dollars; and, if I could just be famous!” So, I traded the pursuit of God for those pursuits. Now, 30 years later—after I’ve been married and divorced; got that law degree and made and spent at least a couple million dollars—I’ve discovered the truth about my trade-off. It was a really bad trade!

Fun and success last just long enough to cause you to always need more—like an addiction.  

Growing up, our friends, family, teachers, etc., tell us that success and happiness are found in pursuits of education, strength and beauty, money, possessions, love, friends and other worldly desires. Then, when we obtain them, we find we can’t ever get enough! There is nothing wrong with pursuing success at a young age—as long as it’s “true success!” Well it’s beginning kind of late for me—but I’m finding that “true success” is: “Seek first His Kingdom, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) Sadly, for too many years, I had it backwards and wrongly believed that that “seeking all these things” was more wonderful than “seeking Him first.” 

God has turned me around and given me the light and direction that comes from time spent in His presence! The most amazing part is that He is also changing what makes me happy, it’s no longer the things, people and fun of this world that I pursue for happiness—it’s Him. I never imagined in a million years that I would think this way—but that is the great part about getting to know God—He is greater than our imagination!  

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 1 available on Amazon by clicking this button:
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