You know I’m having a hard time putting digital ink down with this question. I think this is a question every human being has, currently, or will struggle with at one time or another. I mean how can my 24 years of life experience be enough wisdom on this matter? Won’t stop me from trying to offer an answer, so journey onward with me.
I’m back in Asia. Oh, how wonderful the sense and feels are being back. I just got done reading our staff book, Strong and Week by Andy Crouch, which is where I came across this question. There is something dormant in you that senses this question. A grasp on your own life trying to steer or figure out a meaning. If so then what? If you have the job, great! You’ve achieved the game graduates play on seeking and trying to secure the job which leads to the perk: “financial security”. But really tho? Is it that secure? What I’m intrigued to know is how many when they lay in their bed after a grueling day really have that sense of fulfillment in their life. Whether student or not you can be happy even in school, because you are moving toward a goal/career; henceforth, do you have that deep feeling of worth, purpose, peace, belonging or as C.S.Lewis would put it, Joy, in your current job or stage of life?
I have moved to a new part of the city and will be here for the next 2 to 3 months until I change cities later in the year. We heading deeper toward the mountains. What is nice is the Lord is letting me be exposed to the culture slowly. I currently live in a less foreign overly populated complex. I might be 1 of 4 foreigners that live in this apartment complex; needless to say, I am getting many stares as I head to get food or the metro. To see through the eyes and read their thoughts of the three year old or the 70 year old man or the “mailman” with fixed gaze as I walk on by, oh, what a joy it could be. I’m very pleased with this new change. Surely I am sad I won’t labor among the campuses I got to be at last year, but the trajectory He has set before me is definitely something I wouldn’t never have imagined. Our Father been faithful to establish 2 men at those campuses I can foresee will disciple and shepherd the group there to new heights I am not called to take them. As John Newton said, “Everything is needful that He sends. Nothing can be needful that He withholds.”
“Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.” — Psalm 22:30-31
Finally got to have a convo with one of my best friends, my momma. I don’t show her the best of the man she birth, but hopefully more and more as I spend off with God I can one day return to America more bearing the image of our King. Our convos may seem we are fighting, but I do love talking to her. She listens to me blah all I hear and think which in turn then leads her to help me process my dreams, aspirations, and duties. Why am I adding this in? I really enjoyed our talk earlier today and love her, so decided to jot it down.
The verse above, Psalm 22:30-31, is just a tidbit of who you and I are meant to be. There is so many factors you don’t have control over: Your parents, their actions of being a parent, how they raised you, your ethnicity…etc. I’m sorry to inform you , you have no control on your gender. I love how people get caught up in there identities, culture, or choices of free expression, dude, it’s been done before. Get over yourself in thinking you invented a new form of expression. We all try to fight for our rights, but sadly we forfeiting our true calling. Things fellow Americans march for these days or issues that get their panties in a bunch did our forefathers of America had that in mind when they came here? Shoot, When people established in places like Europe, Asia, Africa did they expect to see or still live under the tyranny, oppression, or in poverty?
I think we, I included, focus so much on getting “our bread” as high priority. We tend to think only about ourselves. Now and then we realize the world doesn’t revolve around us. Some give money to a good cause or go as daft to throw some money in the offering at church to you know, “throw God a few bucks here and there and keep me in His favor”. Others tend to plunge deeper into the hustle and bustle of their job and life to validate their control as warranted grind. I stem more to the latter, but let’s stop kidding ourselves. Whether your heart motivation is money, status, etc. it boils down to pride. I’m trying to figure this out too, so don’t be all willy nilly to write me off.
It’s too long to type out, besides will you take the time to read it if I did?, but the story of King Herod killing John the Baptist told in Mark is a perfect illustration us guys fall prey too. Mark 6:14-29 Main point us guys are easily tricked. We let the culture and peer pressure sway us against what we know is wrong, but fearing the dishonoring and no longer acceptance, keeps us enslaved toward standing up for what is right. Ghandi says, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. Bull!! Your and my version of change is NOT the change this world needs. People starting to wake up to their void. Please oh please see more of the world won’t fill it, but I know somebody who will:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this” — Isiah 9:6-7
As we close out another month in 2017, how you doing with your resolution goals? If you a consistent reader have you pursued my challenge to you for this year: Pray and ask God to open the eyes of your heart and see Him in your everyday life. If not, how long does it take for you to stop and say in your soul the prior line starting at the word, “God”? You have nothing to lose but gain everything.
The religion of Christ is not a tidbit after one’s bread, on the contrary, it is the bread or it is nothing. People should at least understand and concede this if they call themselves Christian. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer