Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 – Out With …, In With The New – Whoa, Again!

Out With The Old generally leads to … In With The New. However, I’m not so sure all of us need to take on the ‘out with the old and in with the new’ philosophy, especially when it comes to this time of year when were re-assessing life and resoluting to do ‘better’. We’re getting a little too free with our letting go of some good stuff, like ideals, traditions and even models of behavior. It seems to me a whole lot of people are confusing just what is disposable in our society and what is NOT! Sure, I know this may be kind of opinionated and may even seem biased on account of who I am but this is my blog and I feel obligated to share a few little insights on life.

Which leads me to a few thoughts on what is Abundance … and it sure ain’t Stuff!

There seems to be more and more folks who are longing for that perfect relationship, a big-shot career, or a ‘dream job’ or they’re just getting the itch to build ‘bigger barns’. They need bigger houses, more storage areas, larger garages. What in the world do we do with all this stuff? We sleep in a bedroom, eat in a kitchen, relax in a den; we wear one pair of shoes at a time. We only sit in one comfortable chair at a time. We can only drive one car … you get the picture. We’d have to multiply our personages and the hours in our day to ever be able to be in or use up all our stuff. It’s unreal and surreal at any time, but especially now when so many are hurting in this recession.

I know, I know, stuff just accumulates, our tastes change. We hardly know where it all comes from … this longing and lusting for better and more. Well, read this about bigger barns and maybe do some re-evaluating on what’s important.

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The Parable of the Rich Fool

 13Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

 14Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

 16And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

 18″Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘

 20″But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

 21″This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”

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So, yeah, this then, is the crux of the matter … RICH TOWARD GOD. And for the next verses read how it’s spelled out in The Message:

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Steep Yourself in God-Reality

 22-24He continued this subject with his disciples. “Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion.    There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.    Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more.
 25-28″Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? If fussing can’t even do that, why fuss at all? Walk into the   fields and look at the wildflowers. They don’t fuss with their appearance—but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed    men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don’t you   think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?
 29-32″What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know     God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants                to give you the very kingdom itself.
 33-34″Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can’t go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bankrobbers, safe from embezzlers,  a bank you can bank on. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

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  1. God-reality: This Father God knit us together in our mother’s womb. He knows us through and through and loves us more than we can imagine. Our precious Jesus-Savior gave himself so we could be counted among the redeemed in spite of ourselves. Our dear Spirit comforts us and speaks on our behalf when the rejoicing is too great, the pain is too deep, when we have no words. This is rich and this is reality!
  2.  God-initiative: This is power in its truest, most pure form. If God is for us then who can be against us? We have within our grasp the strength to move mountains. This is more initiative than imaginable or attainable from any self-help book or self-proclaimed guru on motivation!
  3.  God-provisions: Abundance is in the love we give and receive on a daily basis … our spouse, our children … all those we count dear to our heart. The traditions, deep-seeded honor and integrity passed down to us by our parents. When we’re walking the walk … God not only meets our daily needs … every good and perfect gift is from the Father. He sent His Son so that we might have not just life but, have it more abundantly!

And so, this “bank you can bank on” is … The Bank of Relationships. You deposit to it daily … you invest in it moment by moment.

  • Your relationship with God.
  • Your relationship with your spouse
  • your children
  • your family
  • your friends
  • your co-workers
  • your community    

These and only these are what will matter for eternity’s sake.

This is what amounts to NON-DISPOSABLE – God, and the people in your life. These are what you fight to keep sacred.

You can’t dispose of a marriage and get away with it. It will come back to haunt you. You can’t toss out time with your children. You will live to regret it. You can’t dispose of the sick, aged or needy – chucking them off to some institution because they cause you inconvenience … and then believe you’ve done your part. You can’t box God in a room and say I will visit you and have a relationship when it’s convenient. God is not, and never will be, the manager of some social club … this is not true religion.

So, Out With The Old, and In With The New … well, to a certain point, concerning appropriate things. Think, think, think. Use wisdom and discernment in all your resolutions but for me, myself and I …

I love Beginnings! I love Once Upon A Times! I love making decisions to better myself, my life or the life of my family. I love stories and being a part of new story, on chapter one, that’s the absolute best thing in the world!

 And here we are at the brink of making resolutions. You have within your reach the power to make a difference towards depositing into your own personal bank … investing time, energy, love and laughter into all the relationships in your own world. A time a resolve … to make the world a little bit better. We’re here at this awesome, incredible point of decision … To DO or not to do. To CREATE or not to create. To DREAM or not to dream. You can have it … the life you always dreamed of. You can do it, give another a chance at their own dreams. Inspire, encourage, enliven your loved ones. Kind of goes to your head, huh?

 Resolutions and New Beginnings! … ya gotta LOVE IT!!
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