are you in the current?

I don’t know about you, but I find myself, more often than not, moving and flowing with the tide of life…and not in a good way.

News feeds create unrest in my heart. Rampant sickness among friends and church family encourages worry. And unchanging personal situations continue to challenge my faith. Life just seems too much….for anyone. I know what needs to happen from the moment I rise in the morning – correction- I know what I want to happen. So why do I allow all of life’s cares to sink into my waking heart? Why do I set aside the promises of God in favor of less than?

I know I’m not alone in this. I can feel the current of it all around me.

We are connected you and I. When you hurt, somehow I can feel it.  When I lose hope, someone somewhere who needed my hopefulness, begins to loose the tiny strings that are keeping them together.  We are made to encourage one another….to lift up those not strong enough, and guide the hopeless home.  Does this make sense?

When the masses are screaming and freaking out because of the latest news related epiphany, the last thing they need is another sandbag weighing down their wagon.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”

This world needs a transformation

This world needs to see some hope

This world needs to know that this is not all there is, that “in this world there will be trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world” (Jesus’ words, not mine)

Do you know someone who needs to hear this? needs to see the hope that is there -but requires a renewing of the mind? For me, this is something I need each and every morning, for the stresses of my days somehow manage to strip away every shred of hope, decency, and truth that I knew just hours before. Somehow I let others words and opinions sway me from what my heart and spirit intuitively know.  I allow myself to be knocked from my sure trajectory, into a ditch of “I’m just not all that sure”, till I find myself defeated as I lay my weary head upon my pillow at night.

Do you feel what I am saying?  Are we connecting here?

I know these are a lot of questions, questions that I myself do not have the answers for.

But I know who does.

I know that you hurt in ways that I cannot even fathom, and much of what I can offer won’t even touch it.

But I know who can.

I know that life will continue to challenge you, and strip – little by little – the joy you felt yesterday, and all I can do is encourage you to hang on because tomorrow is coming and it might just be a little bit better than today…..and that may not be enough.

But I know who is.

Can I encourage you today?

Seek the answers to your questions, and your Spirit will find them.

Call out in your distress for help, and a connection will be made. 

Renew your mind each and every morning, and then do it again at the end of that day.

He is waiting to make all things new. Not just in ETERNITY but here on earth as well.

Let your mind be renewed with His promise of LIFE, and life to the full. Stop allowing the cares of this world to push you into the tide-pool, it is a place of stagnation and death.

BE the change

OFFER the hope

SPEAK the words of life that someone else needs to hear.

*This post has gone in a completely different direction than I ever intended, but I believe that if you are reading this today,  the Lord wants you to know that this is not all there is, that there is more. Do you know someone who needs to hear a word of encouragement? Be the hope that they are not seeing in their life.  Start with what you know, what you see. Use the experiences that you have of God’s love, to give a word of life and promise to someone who needs it.

Maybe you could simply pass on this post to them.

We are all in this together, you and I. Can’t you feel the current that connects us? 

…listen closely

… do you hear its faint hum?

…feel the energy that ties us together

It is the same energy that connects us to the Creator…the very source of LIFE

if you could see this thread of life, would you cut it? When you speak words of death, that is in effect what you are doing…cutting into the very thing that ties that person to you. Each unkind word cuts deeper and deeper into that thread until finally the thread detaches and they become lost to you. I’ve experienced this on a very personal level, and my regret is profound. It may be easy to not care about your effect on them when that soul is someone you don’t know, or aren’t close to.

Consider a tree with all of its leaves. It may not seem like a big deal for it to lose one of them to the drifting tide, but what if one by one they were stripped away? Eventually the tree would be incapable of life, for the leaves are precisely what brings it nourishment. I cannot fathom what I would be like if all sources of life were cut away, leaving me to float helplessly alone.

But….

Imagine a world where all of those strings are intact. Life and love and beauty are all that we see.

Imagine.

 

consider the things you say to or about another human being today – no matter who they are. Are you strengthening the thread, or severing it? How can you change this trajectory. Change happens beginning with you.

 

 

 

5 responses to “are you in the current?

  1. Thanks for your beautifully written message! Our world is in a turmoil these days. However, in studying 1 Samuel in Bible study, I am reminded the Israelites lived in a world of turmoil back then too. There’s nothing new under the sun…however, as you wrote, how we respond can make a difference. The Holy Spirit placed this verse on my heart a few days ago…
    For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Hebrews 13:14-16

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  2. Thank for this very positive and uplifting message. It blessed me. Lately I feel like I am in a mental rapids. When I am in that state, I absolutely anchor myself with quiet meditative music and sink myself into Jesus Christ. I reflect on Paul’s words in Eph, 4:4-9 (THINK ON THESE THINGS, what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely AND meditate on the things in life that are worthy of praise. The best part is that Paul said to PRACTICE them and the peace of God will be with you. Paul was way ahead of this world with the concept of mindfulness. Think on things of virtue and practice that thinking, God’s word and truth will be as a salve for anxiety, stress, fearful dread, brokenness and negativity.

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    • so true, my friend, so true. I do have the peace of the Lord, but I have also asked that He break my heart for what breaks His. I think that it is important to consider the impact and weight of our words and actions, even toward those we may not feel deserve kindness. It is a delicate balance for sure, but I am honored to feel the brokenness….

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