I occasionally battle insomnia and some time ago I found myself lying in bed, staring at the indigo blue background of the alarm clock and wishing desperately that I could get to sleep. I have come to rather piously believe that these are times that God has given me to pray or meditate on his Word. My wife is convinced that they are the result of a late afternoon Starbucks Venti Extra-Bold. I prefer my explanation to hers.
On this particular night, I began to think about very practical ways that I could remind myself of how I was supposed to live as a Christian throughout the day. Then I thought about how I could help others do the same. I find that even when we are having our daily devotions and prayer times, the relentless pressures of daily life sometimes turn our minds far from spiritual matters. As someone once quipped, “The problem with daily life is that it is so daily.” What if there were some simple words we could memorize and then attach some appropriate verses so that we would be constantly reminded of who we are in Christ and what it means to live as “strangers and aliens” (1 Peter 2:11) in this world. I wanted to keep the list manageable and finally decided on what I thought were 10 key words for Christian living. Here is my list:
These words are in no particular order, but I believe each is an essential element of Christian living. Some of these words are intended to include other concepts, but a list of ten words ought to be easily memorized by anyone. I am curious what you think. Is there something I have missed? Would you change any of these? I hope to post on each one in the upcoming weeks and would be interested to hear your thoughts.