"How little people know who think holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing, it is irresistible." -C.S. Lewis
Living by faith brings excitement and purpose. I didn't feel that way in high school and used to be envious of those who didn't care about doing the right thing, only the fun thing. When I later partook in some of those things, they left me empty and regretful.
My very wealthy friend in graduate school used to say, "money does not bring happiness," but sometimes people have to experience it to come to that conclusion. Money can buy many comforts and special experiences but does not provide satisfaction. F. Scott Fitzgerald purposefully displayed Jay Gatsby's wealth and many other characters in his books to reveal the emptiness and moral vacuum created by the decadence of wealth.
As I look back at my life and forward to how I want to spend it, I have no doubt. The purpose of living for Christ is not only where to find satisfaction and purpose but also where I have the most fun.
I have found the truth of Psalm 84:10, "A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked."
God is at work in the world in huge and small ways. I love sharing God stories, hearing how He is working in the lives of others, and being part of projects that bring His hope. Once I experienced the goodness of God, it changed me, and now I see everything through the lens of faith. I feel like the Grinch who woke up, and his heart had grown three sizes — "And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville, they say – that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches, plus two!"