Sunday, March 18, 2012
Smoke & Mirrors
I love a great action movie. Like the recent Mission Impossible that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Movies that make you believe that they are real and true have an emotional connection to people as they relate the characters on screen. Yet, it has some mystical and unreal about it. You wonder could that ever really happen.
Have you ever wanted something another person had, then worked your butt off to get what they had only to realize it was not what it seemed? It was like looking from the outside in, they had in made. Everything that describes "successful" was wrapped up in their perfect life. They seemed to have no financial worries, all the friends and family a perfect life could ask for including the child, house, husband, job and beyond. You literally looked at them and said "wow".
Fast forward. You now have what you thought was the perfect life including the house, child, husband, job, money, friends and family. What is this emptiness that you feel? Why do you feel such a feeling of loneliness in the midst of all the blessings anyone would want? It's as if the life you thought you wanted was not real. If the truth was revealed, everyone has problems in life. No matter how "perfect" there life may seem, we all go through ups and downs. Your focus should never be on that individual to have what they have. You never know what they had to endure to get there. Also, why do we all of suddenly feel better once we realize that there life is not great. Can we be genuinely happy these days? Is it all selfishness? I recently read the passage below and was blown away. Read this everyday and you might remember that it's God's presence and His will that we should so long for, even if it's not the short-lived, fame, fortune and fashion.
Galatians 5:16-18 says in the MSG version:
"My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God's Spirit. Then you won't feed the compulsion of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical (meaning to directly oppose or contrast), so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don't you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?
It goes on to say in verse 19:
"It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming -yet never- satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. This is not the first time I (Paul) have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God's kingdom."
Stop comparing your life to another. Be free to know that you are in the hand of God. He has a perfect will for your life. Embrace his Presence, his Will, and His Purpose and be.....truly blessed!