Being Made More Fully Alive

A couple of weeks ago I finished John Ortberg’s The Me I Want To Be. I LOVE this book. It got me thinking, brought clarity to the cloudinessanswered questions I didn’t know I was asking, and offered peace to replace some of my stirring. My copy is all marked-up with underlines and notes of promptings that need to be further explored. To force myself to do the hard work and dig into some of the dark corners of my soul, I’ve asked my extra-small group if we can read and discuss. I am so grateful that they agreed. This morning as I flipped back through the book, this passage stood out:

God has existed from eternity – but he has never had a relationship with you before. He wants to do a new thing with you. The problem many people face when it comes to spiritual growth is that they listen to someone they thing of as an expert – maybe the pastor of their church – talk about what he does, and think that is what they are supposed to do. When it doesn’t work for them – because they are a different person – they feel guilty and inadequate; they often give up.

God has a plan for the me he wants me to be. It will not look exactly like his plan for anyone else, which means it will take freedom and exploration for me to learn how God wants to grow in me. Spiritual growth is hand-crafted, not mass-produced. God does not do “one-size-fits-all.”

He goes on to say:

A spiritual discipline is simply an activity you engage in to be made more fully alive by the Spirit of Life.

So I’m curious, what do you that makes you feel most fully alive?

Here are a few of mine:

Going to hear a great singer-songwriter perform at an intimate setting

An impromptu afternoon drive with my windows down, music blaring

Sunday mornings at Cross Point (and the inevitable long lunch afterwards)

Spending time investing in (or being just plain silly with) my nieces and other favorite kids

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  • Watching my girls play and laugh.

    Getting caught up in the worship at church.

    Losing myself between the pages of a book

    listening to my daughter sing or watching the other ice skate.

    Holding my husbands hand as we walk the dog through the woods x

  • Deb

    I read that book a few months ago and found several points, like this one, that were just……awesome.

    For me? Being creative:

    I also can get completely lost studying. I love reading, sure. I love learning. But even more deeply than that, I love pursuing a topic, and studying something deeply

    Any time that I spend with family and friends


  • I recently finished it as well. For me it's reading. Nothing makes me feel more alive than reading a book. To sit in my chair with the lamp on late at night by myself is one of the best things I can do.
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  • Okay… you've convinced me to read it.

  • I love love LOVE spending time with my nephews and other kids too! 🙂

    Other things that make me feel fully alive:
    -spending time outdoors, surrounded by the beauty of nature
    -listening to music that I love being performed live

    There's more that I can't think of right now, but this one popped up in my head too. It's quite odd, but it strangely makes me feel alive too: crying.
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  • Anna

    Your list would be mine too.. but I would add traveling
    to far off places, singing, and long walks.

    I read The Life you Always Wanted years ago.. and really
    really liked it.

  • oo! i have some of the same!

    i looove listening to live music in a small venue and riding through the country with my windows down and music loud. more than anything i looove playing with my niece and my little dog.

    others for me would include reading, journaling…creating most anything (my little sister says i'm most at peace when i'm creating)…when i was a theatre major, i could get LOST on stage…getting lost in a worship set that isn't going to end any time soon…being on a couch with any of my girlfriends without any agenda or time constraint…

    i'm sure i'll think of others, but that would probably be the bulk.

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  • oh i'm thinking i have to read this before you all come to visit. thanks for the recommendation.

    miss you. wish we were driving with the windows down together!!
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  • Doing things that scare me. Loving my husband 😉 Worship. Praying and hearing God speak to me. Running. Being out in beautiful nature. A good, deep conversation. Sharing the love of Jesus with someone. Living overseas.
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  • Sydney J. Harris, gone a while now–insightful, honest, pithy. I used to read him in the DM Register growing up through high school (yes, I know, I'm old). ____

  • Lindsey, I had that book on my to-read list, but after seeing you mention it on Twitter, I bumped it up to the top. I've just started and can't wait to really get into it!

    Last week, I gave notice at my job. As scary as it is (I don't have another job lined up and will most likely be a stay-at-home-mom/freelancer come October), doing that made me feel alive. So I guess I'd have to say taking a risk, doing what's right for me (even when it seems crazy): THAT makes me feel alive! There's more – and more tangible things, of course, but that's what's on my mind today.
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  • Amy

    Wow! I had NEVER thought about that before – God has never had a relationship with me until now. And my relationship with him is unique. This will completely transform not only the way I relate to Him, but also the way I will teach the high schoolers at church about having a relationship with their God. Just added another book to my ever-growing, rarely-shrinking reading list… : )

    And as for what makes me feel alive, I'd say singing, looking at the stars and the ocean, and deep theological discussions (seriously – I love that kind of thing!!).

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  • writing
    training others
    belly laughs with my husband 🙂
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  • Elizabeth

    I liked what Liz wrote- crying and being outside.
    When I'm driving and the windows are rolled down and praise music is blarring form the radio.
    Traveling to another state or country & meeting the people there and finding out what makes them 'tick'.
    the ulimate joy of being alive for me is riding my bike & the lake around sunset and soaking in all the sights, smells and sounds around me.

  • Creativity makes feel me alive. Enjoying the mundane, and everyday ordinary tasks (that is quite the challenge, because you have to choose it everytime). Reading and rereading a blog post because my mind can't wrap itself around the Profound thought being presented. Just learning to be still and knowing that God is God.

    Getting lost, getting caught in the rain, enjoying a friends presence or memory. Being inspired by great photography. Hearing the same sermon from two different preachers in the same Sunday from two diverse denominations.

    I could probably go on and on. But I'll keep it short.
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  • I've been hearing good things about that book–I want to read it!!

    What makes me feel alive?
    So many things I could say, but at this very moment, having been baptized yesterday at Cross Point, Jesus makes me feel alive. I've never felt anything like this in my entire life. 3 months ago I was contemplating ending my life. And now I'm so very much alive because Christ is alive in me.
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  • for me, it's running in the hills for as long as i possibly can. i feel alive and well in my spirit.

  • I think what makes me feel most alive is when I can really let myself go and just play the piano for me. When I can do that, I feel fully immersed in the moment and it’s just thrilling. It doesn’t really matter what kind of music I’m playing — I feel God most closely when I can play with abandon.

  • That sounds like a great book that I would love to add to my “To Read” list. 🙂 When I clicked on the link I saw another book by Ortberg called “Faith & Doubt.” Doubting has been a HUGE struggle for me lately and I was wondering if anyone else has read that book and would recommend it or another one.


  • Laura@Life Overseas

    being outside.
    music, along with being outside and writing.
    dates with my husband.
    playing pretend with my little people.

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  • That sounds like an awesome book. I need some newness.

    – Long porch chats with friends and a summer beverage
    – Longs stints at Starbucks reading
    – Adventure
    – Speaking/teaching
    – Spontaneous fun with friends

  • i'm so glad God doesn't do one-size-fits-all. there is so much freedom in that for me.

    and your list of what makes you fully alive has me wondering what mine is. i don't know why, but i find it difficult to think through things and "nail them down" in that way. but i should make myself try.

  • I'm not sure if I have commented before but I have followed your blog for a few months and I really enjoy it.
    Being on the beach, in the water, and the drive home from the beach with the windows down, those are the times when I feel most centered, like I can be quiet and still without distractions. That makes me feel very alive.
    Thanks for the book recommendation, I will have to check it out.
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