Monday, July 27, 2009

Buried Alive

"Among the living, we are like the dead." Isaiah 59:10

Is this verse convicting anyone other than me?

We can pour our life into so many things to provide a living, but is it providing a life? We can work so hard to live, that we don't actually get to live.

Dead. No longer showing any characteristics of life. Physically inactive. Not circulating or flowing. Not surviving in active use. Numb.

Does that describe anyone's existence?

At the end of a day...what have you done? Are you living? Really living? Or, are you going through the motions?

I heard the other day that life should not be an apology, but a statement. What statement is your life making? Mine is only a whisper right now. Needing to live out loud.

I personally don't feel like I'm accomplishing anything right now. At the close of each day I look back over the past hours and wonder...Lord, what have I done? A little cleaning and cooking. A little writing. A trip to visit my dad. Feeling lost and directionless, I want to have purpose and passion. I feel like life is passing me by. Other's are on grand pursuits, but among the living I am like the dead.

There was only One man who was born to die, yet look how He lived.

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Anonymous said...

Great post! That verse is very convicting. I, too, feel as though I am in a season of "going through the motions". Just this morning, I prayed Psalm 51:12, "Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me by Your generous spirit."

I can pour myself into so many things hoping they will provide me life, yet in the end they only rob me of it...

Great post!

Lori said...

Sometimes, well I guess many times, we feel as tho we are not really doing much in our life. But, really the Lord has given us only a couple of things that he desires. It's not to be famous. It's not to be necessarily in the lime-light doing something really important... but,
1. To be a witness for God. (Isai 44:8) and
2. To do what God created us to do:
To give Him Glory in everything that we do. (Isai 44:7)
Dear Joy, you do this every single day. You my friend are precious in God's eyes. The secret is rejoicing before the LORD in everything we put our hands to.
Joy~as your beautiful hands made by God himself, type, you place beautiful words for all of us to read! You bring God's scriptures alive. You glorify Him everyday by diligently serving us with your writing and sharing the talent that God gave to you!
Love you my friend! Lori - AZ

Tracy said...

Convicting, indeed! This very thing has been on my heart in teh last several months. My husband and I have discussed recently how much are lives are changing. We believe God is at work, though no specific direction yet. In our efforts to remain faithful in the waiting, it often feels we are simply going through the motions. How I want to live out loud...(even in the waiting). This little quote "life should not be an apology, but a statement" packs quite a punch. I'll be pondering on that one awhile. Thank you for this challenging post!


Danielle said...

I have to agree with you post, and the comments that follow. How you speak to my heart, sister. I've told you that before, and I will keep on telling you. But, I know how [living] can be, and I know how {life} can be.

I want true life in Christ. I want fire and passion and peace and contenment... all from Him and for Him.

Thank you!

~Grace and Peace said...

I'll tell you what, Joy. You may not feel that you are not accomplishing much, but your faithfulness in writing daily gives encouragement to me. You are being used by God even when you don't feel it.

Hang in there, dear sister.

Yolanda said...


Thinking of you with lots of love and admiration.


Sande said...

One of my absolute favorite songs.

Boy is that something He has been showing me. Living without risk, blending into the background, numbing my emotions and feelings and living shallow relationships is less likely to wounding but, a plastic life is not what He created us for.

To feel the depths of emotions, love and sorrow, have substantial relationships that are life altering and living from the core of who we are .... this reaks of God.

I would rather had really lived in His fullness of life and freedom for a little while than have a life lived to old age in fear and guilt.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I've had a bit of a dead day; still and yet, alive in my spirit and feeling thankful for another day to walk this earth.

No being buried alive; we all need some more "scattering" of joy!


Tea With Tiffany said...

Love your last line.

And I so relate to your journey.

This song always makes me sing with passion. I don't want to go through the motions! I want to LIVE for Jesus!

May God grant you eyes to see your life has greater purpose than what you currently see.

You are a blessing to others!