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Plateaus: If we aren’t careful…. At points in our lives we realize we’ve been on cruise control spiritually. We work really hard, achieve some level of success in some way toward our accomplishments and then it happens. We quickly become comfortable in our complacency. We get used to routine or people or our career and how hard it becomes as we age to break some of our comfort molds. But I challenge myself and you to do this…. Even on a daily basis. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone new. Don’t be afraid to push yourself or do something you’re afraid of. Even if you make a tiny step every single day, imagine what strides you might make by the end of the week or month or year.
It’s so easy to grow lazy in my daily life. It’s so easy to whine and tell myself that life is hard and God can only expect so much of me, because hey, I’m tired. But here’s something I’ve thought about …. We are light bearers. If that is truly what we are, are we not to go out into a darkened world and literally shine our lights? If we stay in our own communities of light and never take that into the darkness, how much good have we done? If I only love others who love me, then how can I say I am doing much more than everyone else?
Laurels: It’s really easy to dwell in the past- both negatively and positively. Look at all I have done for God- look at these great things… and we begin to lose moments of the now to affect positive change. We can also dwell in our misfortunes, imperfections as humans and failings in the kingdom long after they have passed. This is unhealthy from both sides of that coin. Right now- think about living in this one moment you have been given and what you can do, big or small, to serve God.
Comfort Zones: We love them. We live in them. We wrap them round us like a blanket. Well, some people more than others. Stop loving them. Right now. Push them, stretch them, watch them grow until you begin to reduce your own sense of fear in many situations. I believe fear is something we let begin to reign in our minds and bodies and God never meant for us to have such a spirit of fear. He wants us to grow and thrive and heal and help others and do good (and this is such a run-on). But seriously, I do think he wanted such good things for us, but I also think he wants to push us. Do you think it was easy for David to stick his neck out for his people and fight a giant? Do you think it was just a walk in the park for Abraham to leave everything he had ever known and jump faithfully into the arms of God? Do you think it was simple to die for humankind?
So on this Monday- the early part of your week, I challenge you and me and everyone. I challenge us to not necessarily think of our lives and the way we act in the same ways we have always done. I challenge us to think of ways we might be able to serve even if it scares us. I challenge us like Peter to step out of the boat in faith that God will help his children when they trust Him and truly desire to do His will and share the Good News and do good things in the world.