Live Your Life in Such a Way….

72232_10200326226828170_1143027126_nA Mentor-Friend of mine (he also used to be my boss) used to say, “Live your life in such a way that if someone started a rumor about you, no one would believe it.”

I’ve held onto that phrase for the better part of 25 years and tried to abide by it. By no means have I done it always. By no means have I reached a state of perfection. But it’s been my desire and my goal.

This week, I was troubled to hear of a friend, who has lived totally secret double life. Frankly, I wasn’t surprised by this new information. This friend lived his life in a way that rumors abounded.

Here’s a good set of guidelines to live by:

8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1996 (electronic ed.) (Jos 1:7–9). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

I want the Lord to go with me wherever I go. I want to stand tall, to live a strong and courageous life. I hear in this passage, the way to do it is to live according to God’s standard. And in order to do that, I must not get very far away from His book. Scripture memorization, LIFE Journaling, obedience – these are some of the ways to keep close to God’s word.

That’s the way I desire to live. That’s why I’m held accountable to this by others – friends, wife, colleagues. I would encourage you live by God’s standards too!