Courage at the Forks in Life

Joy alone cannot unfold the deepest truths, although deepest truth must be the deepest joy — George MacDonald

I can’t believe it is already April. That all so funny date is approaching this month, 4/20. How I use to long for that day in college. I truly believed I was experiencing life caught up in that cloud. How blind I was. To my brothers, sisters, and friends still caught up in the clouds or out on the moon, life is so much more then the high. You being fooled by that green darkness. I know it feels out of body and when the senses awake the euphoria that hits is all consuming, but it’s a mirage. The clouds and moon allows you to not think about the hurt they caused you. Shoot, the voices can be silenced by smoking and the acceptance of ‘who I am’ is what that ganja promises, but it’s a lie. After you come down, you still have that problem, hurt, and responsibility. Now you just got an itch that will never go away on your own volition. If you don’t get the fix with another high well then you turn to another thing or person to satisfy that itch. Deprived little junkies you become.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”— John 8:12

Now before you close the tab I implore you to read on just a bit more. Understand I don’t hate or judge you for smoking, I was caught up in that green darkness lost and engulfed. I walked around aimlessly trying to grasp purpose, direction, and fulfillment, it never manifested for me, but if you ain’t at that point, I’m praying you don’t go as far as I went. I WAS GOING TO OPEN A WEED DISPENSARY, but the Light awoke me and exposed the day I was made for. The works that gave purpose, direction, and fulfillment are not here on this earth even though it may appear, but rest in oneness with God. For those reasons indulge my thoughts and His words. This need of mine to compel you is rooted in love.

The natural life in each of us is something self-centered, something that wants to be petted and admired, to take advantage of other lives, to exploit the whole universe. And especially it wants to be left to itself: to keep well away from anything better or stronger or higher than it, anything that might make it feel small. It is afraid of the light and air of the spiritual world, just as people who have been brought up to be dirty are afraid of a bath. And in a sense it is quite right. It knows that if the spiritual life gets hold of it, all its self-centeredness and self-will are going to be killed and it is ready to fight tooth and nail to avoid that. — C.S. Lewis

As we approach the date of 4/20, we also approach Easter which is 4/16 this year. The time of the year that bi-annually nominal Christians make their voyage to the building they drive 363 days by. Sure Easter is an important day, the celebration of Jesus raising up from the dead, you recall from lessons learned in religion class or confirmation or told by your parents as you were dragged off to church, but you know all the other Sundays one can’t go because–Insert list of excuses–It’s so much more then what you were told and now hate or grown bored with.

I quote Lewis because I mean come on it’s Lewis, but take comfort from the fact that deep inside your heart you have this desire to turn from God. Now In this new age of skepticism and “coexist” and all other moronic ideologies concocted for the sole basis to preserve one’s self-interest a.k.a self-centeredness a.k.a. being a prideful lil brat. seems in accordance with right preservation; however, the preservation ain’t all that uplifting and true oneness. I recall in those ganja days I thought, “I know God has this forgiveness and rules, so just in case I will say I believe to be saved and get to heaven, and now go on living my life how I see fit.” How I missed the truth. 

  • See it is through grace and faith alone you are save: For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. — Ephesians 2:8-9
  • “Wait so why do people believe they need to work their faith out through confession or hail marys or going door to door telling people or tithing etc..?”: So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. — James 2:17-24

James is highly used as the main go to scripture to propel you to do things to earn God’s favor and solidify your faith. Good works = faith which =right with God – WRONG. Faith alone, knowing you can’t merit anything in this life to stand right with the glory of God, receiving and putting your belief in His works: life, death, and resurrection at the cross, paying the price for your transgressions, is what saves you. See Romans 3:20-31

That is all great and dandy, but what the heck does that have to do with me in 2017 and the betterment of my life? Are you ready to admit that could be a underlining thought? I find it ironic that many people don’t want God but those same people advocate for wrongs in this life to be made right. For justice to be delivered for the injustice. You can’t have it both ways. The mere fact you calling for justice was not a man-made desire, but rooted in God from the beginning and solely advocated, because of Him. No human in our history woke up one morning and says, “Okay, today I will not do something for the betterment of myself. Today I will sacrifice myself for everyone including that pestering neighbor and people seeing me will catch wind.” how prideful and noble of you.

The Fork:You got 2 roads to take which one requires courage and the other appears as sheer common sense and if you motivated to walk that path base on preserving your authority in life well then that just ignorant. J. D. Greer says, “Endurance is what courage looks like over the long haul.” We enduring something. You keep enduring on the path out of relationship with God being a “good” person how stable are the areas you placing your hope?

Even I, a Christian, who took the path of following God need to assess my heart. Since we are humans, I too, have my hope fling down at times to earthly desires and on people. I’m learning to cut that ish out. A screen don’t promise fulfillment. That girl or guy won’t give you complete love and knowing especially if there ain’t no covenant ring and even then your hope can’t rest on your marriage partner, because they still humans and sin. All the money in the world, travels to exotic places, and generosity you display to others won’t fill the reservoir of happiness to sustain your life. They won’t amount to the level of peace needed with God. Do you have the courage to endure by ‘Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our (your) faith’ [Hebrews 12:2]?

NAI

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