When God Colors Outside the Lines

Most people in our modern-day world pursue paths that are neat, safe, and predicable. You are to go to school, make good grades, get a scholarship to college, graduate and get a job…in the field of your major, get married, buy a house, have children, retire, live comfortably on our pension, see the grandkids during the summer, die, and go to heaven, and it’s all supposed to happen in that order. And because we live our lives that way, inside the lines, we assume that the path that God has for us is neat, structured, and clean. God’s will for our lives must conform to this pretty trajectory for life that we imagine for ourselves, and we struggle to accept or to do anything that is presented to us that is outside those lines. The problem with this perspective is that we do not serve an inside the lines kind of God. The God captured in Scripture is a God who challenges His children to think outside the conventional frameworks in order to reach other people and honor Him with the way we live.

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