Do you ever get the feeling…?

11 Nov

So here I am sitting at home, my daughter has gone down for a nap, and I’m biding my time to pick up the house a little and get ready for work.  Even though I have things to do, I am reluctant to do them, not necessarily out of laziness, that is a minor character in this play.  Rather, it seems that I feel like there is something more important that I could be doing right now.  Do you ever get that feeling?  That what you are currently doing, right this second, is not what you are meant to be doing?  Do you ever feel like you are just waiting for the thing you are meant to do is ready for you?  I feel that way often, not that my life isn’t great, or that I wish anything was really different about my life, but that my purpose has yet to be realized, or fulfilled.

I think that all of us has a role to play in the grand scheme of things.  I think that every living being has an integral part of society and the world events that can’t be underestimated.  Everyone can and will do something great, and hugely important, but what that is exactly is yet to be determined.

Some of you may think that sounded too Osteen…I’m sorry.  I don’t mean that in the sense of the health and wealth gospel, that’s fictional crap.  What I’m referring to is the realization and fulfillment of a purpose that God has laid out for us, to be found complete in Him and to be in that relationship which brings us into the larger community of the Church.  When we find that we are in that relationship and that community, we are able to turn to God in order to find our identity in Him.  Now our own personality and identity (I feel) stay much the same, but the transforming and renewing of our minds changes our purpose to become more of who we were meant to be.  Our identity changes, yes, but not in the way that you lose yourself, you become more, in Christ.

What we will find is that not all of us will go over seas and live “exciting” lives as missionaries, but that does not mean that we cannot live out the excitement of the true Christian life right where we are right now.  Sadly, most of our societal values and customs has influenced the American Church to the extent that our church life is dying.  The American Church System as we know will eventually die out, and with it the stale breath of air that has hung over us for far too long.  When this takes place, we, as Christians, will be forced to examine our lives and how we are really living for Christ.  Are we living a deep meaningful life in Christ?  Are we experiencing not only His grace and mercy in profound ways everyday, but are we helping others to see these same things?  Are we really living at all?  In some regards, I will say no.  The stale breath that haunts our churches is that of mediocrity.  We are settling for mundane, boring, regular lives.  This should not be!  We are supposed to be experiencing the new life that God has given us through the grace of Jesus Christ!  Living is not wrapped up in the “stuff” of this world, the tvs, the cars, the jobs, homes, gadgets, other junk that is an obstruction to living the lives we were meant to live.  I say we get rid of all the stuff that we have, what good is it to us?  Distractions?  From what? Our day?  We should be cherishing every day that we have on this planet, every day that we get to spend with our family and coworkers (that’s right I said coworkers).  We get to live our lives surrounded by people who need to experience more of life than they are.  They need to feel the gratification of helping someone who cannot help themselves, feel the rush of giving selflessly to anyone, anywhere, for no reason.

Christianity is not about this moral do and don’t list that has been established by the American Church as a behavioral control tool, instead, it is about relationships.  First and foremost, it is about the relationship between you and Christ, knowing Him and what He has done for you, and what you can do for Him.  Second it is about how that relationship with Him affects EVERYTHING around you, including the other relationships you have.  We are involved in more than some small local church, we are connected to the Church Universal, connected through time to the Saints of Yesterday by the Blood of Jesus.  We are apart of a community of people who have experienced the forgiveness of God and are given the task of making that forgiveness known to the world.  We need to shrug off the shackles that the Church in America has given us and throw away all the stuff we don’t need and live our lives simply and in community with others.

So, if you are looking for that “perfect” gift for that “special someone” this year…look no further than a mirror!  Spend time with those around you, enjoy the holidays for what they are and what they mean and reject the stupid commercialism that corrupts the commemoration of the birth of Jesus.  Give the gift of good times, give the gift of laughter and joy, not wasting huge amounts of paper and plastic on something that will end up in the yard sale or re-gifted later on.