We all have relatives in our extended families – uncles, grandparents, maybe even parents – that have lived out entire lives of boring sameness. These are people who have died long ago but they forgot to announce their demise. Perhaps because of the high levels of food preservatives we consume, the stench of decay has been kept to a minimum. Announcements of the real burial are anticipated. Stay tuned for exciting details boys and girls.
This pattern of work has been churning on since the Industrial Revolution. For too long we have been living out what is realistically a pattern of demise. It is time for a wholesale switch for many of us – to move from making a living and transcend that to making a life at the same time.
Life has been speaking to you for a long time about these things. It’s difficult to not pay attention to such things as this after a while. Your health begins to wear down a bit. Sleep begins to suffer. Not even Ambien helps when there are things of the heart that are grinding away. Been there, tried that one.
Slow down and listen. God is broadcasting to you continually. He is in the communication business. Some that are reading this are communicators but you are different. You need to take a rest. He has been working on this from the beginning and he never takes a rest. God is pretty good at it.
Lean back. Tune in. Listen up.
He has some things to say that are worthwhile. Go figure Francis.
Fall in Love With Your Future
There is nothing but pure love that God is offering you in his plan to walk out. Your experience may not be purely easy. Ease has never been part of the equation from God’s perspective. Word on the streets is that God is willing to endure pain and assumes his followers have the same attitude.
The future of God for you and me is so bright words expire quickly in the describing of it.
Forget adjectives that describe the bright future. It comes down to one profound noun: eternity with him. Between now and then we are in practice mode experiencing his presence in ever-increasing volume. Funny thing – I’ve never been as much pain as I am now physically, though in other ways of my cup for containing him is greater now than it’s ever been. What a trade-off.
Respond to the Invitation of God
Jesus is afoot in your life in multiple ways and multiple levels.
I’ve had it with multilevel marketing schemed folks approaching me. The next time someone invites me to dinner tell me about something “very important” in their lives I think I’m going to have a litter of kittens on the spot. However, in a manner of speaking God is the ultimate multilevel marketer. By that I mean he is continually afoot to work things together for good in our lives. I would probably never speak this boldly in a verbalized message to a group of believers because some wild-hair knucklehead lacking social skills would take the message wrongly and begin to work a scheme in the midst of a local church then think they were sanctioned by leadership. As they say in Norwegian, “Oh my cod, what next!”
God is always up to something PERIOD! (Please say that to someone nearby right now to reinforce that point!) He is continually afoot in our lives with something more. He is the universal ecologist. Nothing goes to waste in the economy of God. He redeems all. The older I get the more I see this to be a 110% absolute truth. Be encouraged. Be invited forward and say “Yes! Yes! Yes!” to what Jesus up to with you right now.
All that is left is to unfurl the sails of our ship and go forward by his power. He is the one in charge of forward progress. Ours is to say yes and stop resisting his oncoming power.
Originally posted 2008-10-29 16:46:42.