We do things by rote memory, floating through mundane tasks. Things like driving, writing, walking or wrestling with a child or grandchild are things we do without any thought.
Our bodies do them without conscious effort. They are as natural as eating or sleeping.
Yet, when these same tasks require effort, the scales come off our eyes and life becomes more precious & tenuous.
The world gains a new perspective and we begin to examine every aspect of our lives.
In a way, we go back to our childhood and when we learned how to do the ordinary things of life. Humbling and humiliating, it reorders our existence.
When we awaken, we look around and everything has a new vividness. Our fresh perspective brings priorities into focus and we yearn to pull our loved ones closer. Shuffling the pieces of our lives, important things gain new meaning while others are discarded.
The problem is that people usually never reach this point without pain and heartache. Sadly, most will never get there at all.
We shouldn’t have to be debilitated before we wake up. Open God’s Word and allow Him to help you see what is truly important in life. Study Proverbs to learn more about the intricacies of how to weigh the value of things in our lives.
Walk in the Gospels and allow Jesus to lead you to righteousness and peace through His Word. Allow the blood of Christ to wash away your sins in baptism (Acts 2:38; 1 John 1:7) and then live on the wings of eagles (Isaiah 40:31).
Wake up now! Don’t wait to be knocked down before you walk in the grace of God!
“In our lives, we travel on smooth ground until we turn a bend and suddenly a mountain looms before us. We step back intimidated, wondering how we will overcome this incredible obstacle. Yet, we can face it bravely or turn and surrender.
These mountains constitute the formidable challenges we face in our lives. More than annoyances or conflicts, they are the ones that alter our lives and threaten to spin us out of control. They may be marital problems, car accidents, legal, financial, family or health issues. In their specific contexts, all of them can be devastating.”
Whenever we say no to one way of life that we have long been used to, there is pain. But when the way of life is, in fact, a way of death, a way of war, the quicker we leave it the better.
Eugene H. Petterson, The Journey
I was once made very angry and I had to grow to learn patience and forgiveness.
I was once slandered and I had to grow to learn that living right and doing right is the best answer to the lies of others.
I occasionally find myself ignored or forgotten and I have to grow in my humility.
From time to time I fail, and I have to grow beyond my failures to try again. As often as I sin, I am reminded I still need to repent. I still marvel at the grace of God.
Like Paul I have times of abundance and times of suffering need, and I am learning to depend upon the mercy of One greater than myself to provide what I cannot do for myself. I grow most when I lean upon the Lord’s strength. He strengthens me. What a treasure to have the power of God available for the asking!
I am often so ignorant, but the Word informs me and enlightens me to see what I have never seen before.
God molds and shapes us positively in wonderful ways through friends, through the Word, and through prayer. God also uses the events of our lives, both positive and negative, to help us understand the practical messages of the Word. He grows us from the inside and from without. He shapes and molds us, equips us, and prepares us for great things. God is so good to us, even when our growth comes with pain.
We all know those whose hormones, lives and ambitions have derailed their lives. Stan Mitchell, in his usual pithy way, directs our thoughts toward those broken lives.