Recently, I read a teaser caption on Yahoo about “America’s Most Livable Cities of 2010.” I couldn’t help but be a bit intrigued especially since the headline picture featured a popular Pittsburgh skyline. To my utter surprise, Pittsburgh was indeed voted the number one, most livable city in America. If you’re somewhat familiar with any history on the “Steelernation,” this town was once a filthy, sooty industrial wasteland after the mills closed in the 1970s.
Flanked at the time by successful, professional sports teams, the likes that produced the Immaculate Reception (Franco Harris of the Steelers), the golden child on ice (Mario Lemieux of the Penguins) and the Rubberband Man (Kent Tekulve of the Pirates), Pittsburghers were reduced to reminiscing the laurels of the past. But out of ashes came a beautiful acknowledgement of what a city and its people are capable of becoming when its focus shifts…it becomes livable.
First, He establishes His groundwork by building our frame on “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Once the groundwork is laid, He offers “a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11) filled with unmeasured possibilities in living a life of freedom, peace and victory. And finally, He reminds every one of us that we are firmly “rooted and built up in Him and strengthened in the faith” (Colossians 2:7).
But no project develops smoothly 100% of the time. On the way to becoming livable, we may feel our faith shaken, our hearts broken and our lives not worth God’s occupancy. We may feel our past mistakes and failures could keep God from inhabiting our praises and attending to our prayers.
Are you livable? Our God thinks so! He knows our potential. He forgives our past and with a shift in focus, we can live the life God created us to live. We may never make the headlines of Yahoo as “Most Livable” but our names become beautifully etched in God’s book of life and on the pages of His Son’s heart!
1. What in your past prevents you from living a “livable” life in God?
2. What obstacles have you faced lately that prevent you from being all God created you to be?
3. What passages from God’s word helps you push through life when you feel shaken or unlivable?
Prayer: Dear God, we welcome You into our lives as chief architect. Bring the work You’ve begun in us to completion. And when the past tries to shake our foundation, remind us through Your word of where our hope is built, our joy is established and our lives are rooted…in Christ alone! AMEN!