Faith Focus: Living an atypical life

From outward appearance, Christy Haston is a typical, single 30-something woman. An assistant principal at a North Dallas elementary school, Christy likes to spend time outdoors with friends and family, travel and run. Take a closer look, though, and Christy’s life is anything but common.

“I’m all about doing whatever I can do to not be typical,” she says.

Christy became a licensed Buckner foster parent in September 2014 and has fostered four young girls in that time. Completely solo.

“I realized I’m going to be held accountable for my single life someday. Yes, I have lots of extra time, money and freedom, and yes it is fun to have all of that,” Christy says. “But, do I want to stand in front of the Lord and say, ‘Look at all these trips I took and things I purchased.’ Or do I want it to stand for something.”

As Christians, we are to live lives that are pleasing to God, honoring him and bringing him glory in all that we do. Galatians 2 tells us that we are to “live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Leviticus 20 commands us to consecrate ourselves and be holy, keeping the decrees of the Lord.

To use Christy’s words, that’s living a life that’s not typical. It’s one that focuses on God first, others second and ourselves last. It’s a lifestyle of service and humility. In Colossians 3, Paul describes it as setting our hearts upon things above. In verse 12, he writes:

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."

As one of God’s people, how will you live life for him this week?

Deeper reflection

  • What does it mean to live for Christ?
  • In Colossians 3:12, Paul calls Christians "holy and dearly loved." What does that mean to you?

Next steps:

  • Show compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience this week.
  • By definition, living differently than others will stand out. Do something this week to stand out for Christ.

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