As a young man I remember being told things like:

 
Jesus didn’t come to set up a religion, He came to establish a relationship with us and start a community of friends who would follow Him together.
 
or
 
Religion is man’s attempt to reach and find God; Jesus represents God’s attempt to reach men and women that they would find Him.
 
Yet, we have a world filled with people attempting to reach God, please God, or serve God through religious behavior, performance, and rule-keeping.

I was out for a run recently, listening to worship music on my iPod. I was talking to the Lord, asking why I was feeling distant from Him. I acknowledged that my times with Him had been rushed, and I had been feeling the distance that comes with lack of contact.

 
As I ran, it was as if He replied, “You feel distant from me because you have been relating to me in the third person.”

How we use our hands communicates a lot about us. Do you approach life with a clenched fist or with a soft touch? Take some time to notice what people do with their hands. I saw great contrast in the way people used their hands on a recent overseas trip.

Not too long ago, I awoke in the middle of the night, needing to head to the bathroom. On my way back to bed, my eyes had not yet adjusted to the darkness and I veered off course, smashing into the corner of a dresser and cracking a rib. Ouch! Seeing clearly can keep us out of harm’s way!