As my wife and I lay next to each other at the end of a busy day, one of the most often pondered questions is, What are we going to do with our lives?
Okay. I admit it. That is my question every evening. She smiles. She already knows. But me … I am overwhelmed with the idea that we, as a family, are not playing to win. We are simply going through the motions of life, homeschooling, work, church, etc.
Ever feel that way?
King Saul probably felt that way, only he took a different approach to resolve his problems. When the Philistines pursued Saul and his family, they eventually caught and killed Saul’s three sons. A fierce battle ensued and ultimately Saul was wounded by the Philistine archers. Left with what he thought were very few options, King Saul took his own life.
Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the LORD, because of the word of the LORD which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it, and did not inquire of the LORD. (1 Chronicles 10:13-14)
Did you catch that? The scripture says that Saul’s failures were not only active, but were also passive. He not only did wrong—he failed to do what is right! Saul not only sinned by his actions, but he also sinned by his omissions.
For me and my family, it is not good enough to simply avoid what is wrong. That is fairly easy…don’t cheat, don’t lie, don’t steal. That’s what we teach our kids. We need to seek more! We need to awaken our passive nature and actively pursue what is right.
So, when I ask my wife, What are we going to do with our lives?, that’s what I mean: Let us do more than get by. Let us pursue, chase, run, sprint towards goodness.