Updated: Aug 2, 2018
I've been reading Everybody, Always by Bob Goff.
The book has offered me quite a few tid-bits that have led me to step back and examine myself for who I am today and who I wish to be tomorrow and the next day and the next. I try to post the thoughtful tid-bits on my Instagram story (@madelineburdine) so that the world can think about them as well, because I think the world needs thoughtful tid-bits to think on and talk about.
When we think, we throw around ideas. When we throw around ideas, whether just in our heads or with a crowd of peers, we begin to cultivate change around us. I have discovered that "change" sums up the sight we are all seeking to see.
That change starts with the small steps of you and me. Steps as small as 30 seconds.
To put 30 seconds into perspective, if you're reading this, you've probably been reading for about 30 seconds. They went quickly, didn't they? So, what if a new rule for all of the 30 seconds of your life could transform the way you live? What if this new outlook could open the door for optimized obedience in the dirty depths of our human hearts?
I've discovered that it can. And it has. In my own heart, this rule introduced to me by Bob Goff in a book about becoming Love has bloomed into an outlook that is opening opportunities that run far deeper than just becoming Love, but becoming a person that lives a fuller life. A more satisfying life. A more complete life.
My interpretation of scripture and integrating its sacred instructions into my life has revealed that life in its fullest form is found within the realms of obedience. Obedience -- often thought to be the most obstructive object between us and our fight for freedom -- has proved to hold the omnipotence to actually free us. Freeing us from the bondage we bound ourselves to. Freeing us from the fight within ourselves. Freedom that can't be found outside of obedience.
I think most of us have already figured that much out, whether we devote ourselves to this obedience or not. So, the next step is simple. It's the 30 second rule that sets our lives on a path that pursues purpose and, in return, produces positive impact -- the integral calling of Christian life.
The 30 Second Rule: "instead of saying I'm going to believe in Jesus for my whole life, I've been trying to actually obey Jesus for 30 seconds at a time (Goff)."
30 seconds at a time.
That outlook takes the taunting weight of working to obey Jesus and turns it into intentionally wiring ourselves towards obedience.
I think towards Jesus is the trick we make far more troublesome than required of us.
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. James 4:8
Towards God. I want to move towards God.
30 seconds at a time.
That seems doable, doesn't it?
We can do this.