I’m a big Bon Jovi fan, always have been. One of my favorite songs by Bon Jovi is “It’s My Life”, and I find the lyrics very interesting. Check it out:
“This ain’t a song for the broken-hearted
No silent prayer for the faith-departed
I ain’t gonna be just a face in the crowd
You’re gonna hear my voice
When I shout it out loud
It’s my life
It’s now or never
I ain’t gonna live forever
I just want to live while I’m alive (It’s my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said, “I did it my way”
I just wanna live while I’m alive
It’s my life”
So here’s the question:
What is our responsibility when it comes to living a real life (living my life)?
The Bible actually has a lot to say about how we should live our life and it’s not a check list of “do’s” and “don’ts”… Instead, the Bible gives us several “principles” to live our life by. When we live life by sound principles there tends to be a lot less stress and “broken-heartedness” (as Bon Jovi put it).
Let’s look at one principle today; Guarding Your F.A.B.
2 Timothy 1:14 (NASB95)
Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.
What is your F.A.B.?
Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend would describe your FAB as a treasure that God has given us to guard/protect. Your FAB represents your Feelings, your Attitudes, and your Behavior. Your FAB is your Treasure – the things you control. Let me say it this way, it is your responsibility to protect/guard your FAB.
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
A sad truth about today (and maybe this has been happening for a long time and I’m just now noticing it) is that more and more people are not taking responsibility for their life. Here is some truth – God has entrusted to you your heart (your FAB). It is your responsibility to guard it and protect it. However, (and I fall into this trap as well) too often we allow external circumstances to influence our heart.
- Someone looks at us wrong
- We get cut off in traffic
- We make assumption about others actions or words
- The phone rings at the “wrong time”
- The ______ wasn’t completed to our standard.
It doesn’t matter what the outside/external circumstance is or even how bad the circumstance is, we are responsible for our heart/our FAB. There will be “bad days” but we don’t have to allow those “bad days” to become Toxic Feelings, Toxic Attitudes or Toxic Behavior unleashed onto others. I am responsible for my FAB.
Romans 14:12 (NASB95)
So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
Wednesday, I will share more about our FAB and how we can guard it even when there are “Bad Days”.