Beep! Beep! Beep!
I shut off the alarm, sit at the edge of my bed. There are no thoughts running through my head, just my body demanding itself to rise and reach for the towel to shower and get on with the day. Dress. Walk to the Kitchen. Make some coffee. Eat some cereal. Do my hair. Grab my keys. Drive to work. Get there on time. Work. Clock out. Drive home. Eat. Watch T.V. Sleep.
This is craziness! Don’t allow yourself to grow accustom to this common death sentence! Brother, sister…I ask you to breathe. Breathe and take a moment to take control of your life. Take control of your lungs you forgot you had and allow yourself to breathe life. See once more this gift of life provided to you and take a moment to remember God’s goodness. Remember the Good News! Remember who you are.
For too long we’ve been sleep walking. We’ve been trying to define ourselves with the things that we do rather than the person who defines us, Jesus! Pain and injustice have distracted us to build walls around ourselves and strive for goals that weren’t set up for us. Instead, we need to become vulnerable, forgive, and not be afraid to feel. We allow our pain to separate us from the body of Christ and from God himself. It’s sad to see how unendurable pain, famine, illness and prosecution caused us to isolate ourselves rather than coming together. “And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him- a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecc 4:12)
We need to move beyond ourselves. Trust and purposeful action are the stepping stones that allows the Holy Spirit to do His work. This good news that we have so easily accessible to us is a reminder that condemnation isn’t the end and that we have someone who was willing and able to fight for us and be there when we couldn’t do it ourselves.
We live in a deceiving time where the elders are left to die and the youth are guided astray. Stupidity is blinding, selfishness has become a world problem and we are now facing consequences we didn’t prepare for. A lot of people think they know what they want but end up walking aimlessly because there’s no trust in who Jesus is. We humans, would rather trust ourselves rather than the God who made us. A lot of the times we blame God for our problems when we’re the real issue here. God isn’t the problem, he is the very solution to it all. We need to see the bigger picture.
God has given us the solution to not walk this life aimlessly, but he has given us purpose and authority to live a life abundantly and purposefully. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly,” John 10:10. God has given us the ability to love and be loved regardless of what season or situation we may be facing.
Prayer: Father God, align my heart with your heart and remind me that I have purpose. I have purpose because you purposefully breathed life into my lungs and life into my bones. I am not alone because you are with me. Help me to be connected to the body of Christ and to you. I want to be connected with the Holy Spirit. When I wake up each day I pray that I’m reminded how good you are to me and how much you love. I pray that I won’t be distracted and deceived by the devil’s lies. I pray that I am grateful for each day because each day is a gift. I pray that I am reminded of your good news. I am forgiven, I am loved, I have purpose, I have a calling, I am special, I am not alone. In Jesus name, amen.