The squeak of a wheel chair, the smell of coffee, a laugh heard here and there. It’s morning in a home of multiple generations who encourage each other to fully live.
And so we turn the focus on you – are you living fully today?
As you seek Him, may God fill you up with Himself and stir you towards the truly great “change where you are” life!
The above is my Facebook status this morning on a page called “Encouragement for Life’s Journey”. In writing daily encouragement and exhortation, I have found that many click “Like” on what is easy to swallow and feels good going down. There are never responses to larger pieces of truth that call for chewing. It seems most want a more palatable menu.
My own Dad lives on oatmeal three times a day and is stubborn when you try to help him get in and out of bed or when you take his coffee cup because he is falling asleep again at the table and it’s tilting like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
For him, this is mostly acceptable because he recently turned 80 years old, but for you or me this would be ridiculous.
If you take this word picture, Photoshop out the Dad and replace him with a recent picture of the Church, it is doubly ridiculous.
Here is a group whose purpose is to be changed into a clearer image of Jesus and multiply this likeness over the face of the planet and you generally have a group who are more concerned about carpet color, temperature, and whose feelings were recently hurt by the Pastor. And don’t even think of touching their tradition! They are in a spiritual wheelchair, are satisfied with an oatmeal diet, and need assistance for daily spiritual tasks that they should have surpassed by now.
The general condition of most churches is not good. Passing them by, you wonder if you need to either take their temperature or make sure they are still breathing. Does our condition make weary anyone else besides me? (I wanted to say does this piss you off, but that wouldn’t be proper here.) Does this stir you up to want more? Because there is more. And you don’t have to hold some office or serve in the Church to fill this calling. Ordination is not a requirement. It involves you where you are, whether in business, government, media, arts and entertainment, the family, or the Church. You can have a greater influence where you are. So the question is this:
Do you have courage to change where you are?
Do you have courage to change?
If so, let me know. Let me hear from you. What do you think? What is your passion? Or are you satisfied with oatmeal three times a day? I certainly hope not. For you were designed to bring the Kingdom of Heaven into where you work, live, parent, and influence. The flowing in who Creator God designed you to be is the place of blessing and fulfillment. What does God have to say to those who would rather not be disturbed or challenged towards maturity?
9For this is a rebellious people, faithless and lying sons, children who will not hear the law and instruction of the Lord;
10Who [virtually] say to the seers [by their conduct], See not! and to the prophets, Prophesy not to us what is right! Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceitful illusions.
11Get out of the true way, turn aside out of the path, cease holding up before us the Holy One of Israel.
(Isaiah 30 AMP)
These are satisfied with oatmeal and want nothing more in their life or their Church from an unlimited God who wants to bless lavishly if they will only seek Him as Father.
(c) Robin Lawrimore, 2011