Structure breeds freedom

Lately I’ve been making a lot of big decisions. We bought a house – I took a new job. Big ones that have the weight to sink you into new daily rhythms. I love and dread daily rhythms all at once. They can be the tracks that keep your train on course and at the same time the overbearing structure that suffocates you. In making these big choices, God spoke to me about structure and how to view it rightly.

In front of our new house!

In front of our new house!

First, let’s face it: we need structure.

For the footloose and fancy free this notion is counter-intuitive. We can impose on structure that it is out to tie us down and make us into robotrons. The reality is that when the weekly goals are listed and meetings are scheduled, things tend towards completion. God made us for structure, not to be robots, but to be more fully alive. He created structure in our bodies so that they can function as a complete unit. He created structure in water cycles, so that our skies can water the earth and produce our food. He created day and night, the structure by which we sleep and restore our energy.

So structure can be a good and necessary thing.

If you’re anything like me, creative and generally free-spirited, you know how picky we can be about choosing our structure. We’ll admit that it is a good and necessary thing, but put it off in the hopes that adventure will come and sweep us off our feet. I do that. And when something like taking a job or becoming a member at a Church seems like the logical next step, I second guess. I pose all of the “what if’s” and I jump to conclusions about the person I will become 5 years down the road. But what it all really boils down to is trusting God.

When God asks us to plant ourselves in His will, do we trust Him?

When God asks us to dig deep into our relationships, jobs, churches, and cities do we obey Him and dig?

Where is God leading you to instill more structure in your life? Do you see it as a burden?

Today I pray that your perspective about structure changes.
May you welcome it into your time with God, your big decisions, and your daily living. Because instilling structure can be what God uses to make us come more fully alive.

‘For you were created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.’ (Ephesians 2.10)

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