I had an interesting dream last night. I want to share it with you. But first –
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If you find yourself thinking, feeling, or saying – “I just don’t care anymore!” – it’s time to pause. You may have “shut down.” It helps to explore why this might have happened.
Weary vs lazy! What a challenging subject. If you’re reading this, you are likely not lazy. If you are weary, you might feel fatigued as you read. Why are you reading this article? Maybe you are lazy and realize you need a good kick in the pants. Maybe you are weary and thirst for hope . . . and wondered if you’d find a dribble here.
Whatever your motive, I hope you find what you need.
When you start a fun adventure, a new program, a fresh plan, a resolved commitment – it’s easy to be excited. Passion gives energy to do hard stuff. You even handle losses better. Fresh starts are power launches. But – how do you finish well?
When “new” becomes the norm, some discipline starts slipping off. Daily drudgery sets in. Then – when life gets downright hard, painful, or disappointing, you realize you need to grit your teeth with resolve if you are going to finish well. Early days of clarity and passion start to fade.
At a successful power launch, you stand your ground. You rise up from set-back. But over time, you have become tired. Battle weary. You need a rest.
How do you fill your life jar with the right rocks in the right order? There are principles and action steps that help you live more effectively. You have a loving Parent who will train you. Your jar matters!
One of my favorite verses is “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” (Heb.2:13b) Jesus says this about you! He gives Himself to you as a loving Parent. He wants you in His family . . . a humbling reality and comforting thought.
Jesus stands before God and says to Him (as He stands beside you) “Here am I, and the child You have given me.” And He’s proud of who He created you to be!
There is a magical ingredient that changes everything when you throw it into the mix of your life. It makes the dough rise, fills out the flavor, defines the recipe of a day. It raises options in issues, kneads out a problem, sweetens the sorrow, and serves up mercy.
Falling and failing in life are scary. They directly affect you. If severe enough, they can devastate you. Because their effect is strong, it is important to do certain things to be on your guard.
It is true that falling and failing are part of life. It is not sin to fall or fail when you are working to move forward and accomplish goals. In fact, it’s human to fall and fail as you learn, grow, and master various life skills. Sometimes, despite planning and effort, falling and failing happen outside of your control. It’s not this kind of falling and failing I’m targeting in this article.
No one sets an appointment with a thief. Robbery is an unexpected event discovered after it happens! You might see a theft in progress. It will be like this when the Lord Jesus returns.
This one event of history will alter everything. Extreme. Elements destroyed. All things laid bare. Panic. Regret. Power never experienced by human beings.
Every time God intervenes in history, something permanent happens. Changes for the better. Fresh, new, good, much improved, much needed. God is very good at fixing human blunders. How sad that these blunders fill the human timeline. How glad that God is intimately active in this “centuries–long” timeline.
The fact that things are headed toward destruction and re-creation should impact your daily living. Jesus’ return will alter daily life. This great and powerful, loving and merciful King will set up a Kingdom that will never misgovern in any way. At that critical point in history, only what is done for Christ will last. That is profound. Contemplate the impact.
I love autumn colors! I wait for them every year. Yet, even as I enjoy the splashes of color that cheer the world, these colors remind me of something quite sobering, something that helps me.