Living Math


“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24

I’m more of a words guy than a numbers guy. That said, I’ve been thinking lately about life, people, and simple math. I’ve been examining with God: does my life add to, subtract from, divide, or multiply? Such a simple question. The findings, however, have profound implications, especially in these current days.

Does my life with Jesus add to the goodness, beauty, fullness, forgiveness, and freedom of others? Better yet, am I multiplying these life-giving kindnesses of God by passing them on in ways that others will joyfully pay these good news gifts forward? Or… do my thoughts, words, actions (or inaction) subtract from a life, or many lives, around me? Worse yet, is my life causing division within a human body and soul, or perhaps, a whole collection of bodies and souls?

Perhaps a math proof is in order here. It’s time we examine with brutal honesty what we think is true about our life and how it compares to what God and others witness in our everyday thoughts, beliefs, words, and actions.

If, like me, you don’t feel overly confident in your “math” skills, I hear there’s an excellent Teacher ready and willing to help anyone who asks



Take some time this week for some honest soul-opening and ask God to search
your truest heart, motives, attitudes, values.

Be ready to commit to changing what doesn’t reflect Jesus’ life and character.


John Boyd

John Boyd is a writer, teacher, equipper, and mentor who longs to lead those hungering and thirsting for “more” to places of greater depth and intimacy with Jesus. John is married to Shannon and they have three adult children.

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