For the past several years, I’ve hated being ask, “what are you doing these days?”. I experience a degree of dread when I feel the question coming. I’ve often wondered why? My life hasn’t fallen apart; everything is pretty much intact, though tough at times.
I recently realized why that question causes me so much consternation. The answer came with the convergence of several conversations: a friend’s talk on vision and fear; another friend asking me where The Noble Heart is going and what is needed to get there; and another friend telling me about the pressures and fears that he is facing.
Being in this world is like being in an elevator when several people sneeze. You’re not getting out of there without breathing in their germs. Your only hope is that your immune system is strong enough to fight it off. Some of the world’s thought-sneezes are:
- Take what you can get – there is nothing more.
- You can only do what you can do – there is nothing more.
- Play the cards you’ve been dealt – there is nothing more.
- This is as good as it gets – there is nothing more.
- This is it – there is nothing more.
- Life has passed you up – there is nothing more.
I find that these God-less thought-germs have settled into my being giving me a continual low-grade fever, causing me to wander and weaken.
I had forgotten:
…That you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors with the precious blood of Christ…” 1 Peter 1:17 NIV
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Rom. 12:2 NLT
…God is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Eph. 3:20 NLT
That our God will…fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power…” 2 Thes. 1:11-12 NASB
As a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, a citizen of the Kingdom of God, this is the reality that we live in.
- I have more time, not less time – it’s not over.
- It’s not over – till the great transition (rapture or death).
- I have more to offer, not less to offer – perspective, kindness, understanding, experience with God, a weightiness.
I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Phil. 1:6 NLT
- There are opportunities or situations that await the glory of my life.
So, I will dream again and I will gather a few friends around me to help me dream greater still – In accordance with the God-given glory, weightiness, effect of my life.
I encourage you to strengthen your spiritual immune system by remembering that you have been redeemed from the world’s “empty way of life” and to live in the fullness of the Kingdom of God.
And to dream again.
Thanks for being real! We are all there, been there, or will be there some day. I’m there right now. I especially resonate with the point – I have more to offer, not less to offer. As I walk with God through the difficult seasons and learn, grow, gain more healing and experience; I have so much more to offer and am able to give what I have in a better way.
Thank you Gary. I needed to read this today.
You’re welcome, Justin.
Not even I can argue with your statement of “I have more time, not less time – it’s not over.” or the “It’s not over – till the great transition (rapture or death).”
For me it would be “I have more to offer, not less to offer – courage, compassion, peace, mercy, comfort.”
I think you are on to something with “There are opportunities or situations that await the glory of my life.”
You encourage me to dream again because God loves me, remembering I am redeemed and live. My prayers are with you in great affirmation on this.
David, I like what you have to offer: courage, compassion, peace, mercy, comfort
What a refreshing and powerful WAKE UP CALL! Thank you!
What a great reminder, we all go through the struggles and many times fall asleep spiritually as life interferes.
I love hearing Truth. Thank you Gary for posting this!
Sneezing in a elevator is a great metaphor for the thought sneezes we also encounter. I love great metaphors. Thank you!
Never stop doing what you feel like you can’t accomplish in life