Mark Affleck

I Received A Lifetime Ban From Riding Roller Coasters

March 2, 2019
Spiritual Growth

When I lived a fast-paced and stressful existence on life’s roller coaster as a CEO in the marketplace, I was consumed by angst and anger. With each new wave of anxiety my mind locked onto the wrong things and I drifted away from God and his truth.

Living on this head-jerking roller coaster produced a wave of guilt that stopped me from going to God. If I ever did get around to seeking him, the lift was short-lived. I was prolonging my misery by showing up dressed in depression and arriving late.
God used that experience to teach me that we sacrifice a lot when we go to him LATE.
We miss…

  • The joy of walking with God through darkness and into light.
  • Modeling Christ and setting a mature Christian example for those around us.
  • Receiving the perspective and learning God would use to deepen our spiritual maturity.

In order to see the Christian life unfold day-by-day with unbridled and confident expectancy, we must get off the roller coaster of life and CONNECT WITH GOD.
The mind can only see what it is prepared to see. If our perception of the future doesn’t include a burning expectation that God will work out his blessings for us, then we are heading into a future without promise.
As a man hungry for more than just a “Sunday-go-to-church” faith, I came to a point at which I asked myself if I believed God and his promises could and would do in me and for me what I could not do for myself. Did I believe enough to put God ahead of everything?
Did I believe enough to get off the roller coaster?
I ask God to give me the strength to seek him immediately when I see that the path I’m walking on is getting rocky.


Do you go to God EARLY when your life feels like a roller-coaster ride?
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

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