What’s your focal point?…your joyful memory or teaching for example that keeps you going?
Do you have an Ebenezer? (Pile of stones to commemorate God acting in your life at some point)
Do you listen to the Holy Spirit, communicating maybe one point of joy, in your time of need?
Do you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus’, as you attempt to walk on water…to Him?
Maybe you’re like me, wanting a bit of each of these, like a recipe of devotionals you’re accustomed to digesting rather transluscently.
There’s also the need of those around us. Are you good at taking yourself out your perspective, reminded that your personal growth is merely a strutter sharing the stage.
What’s MY motivation? Better yet, why do we need a motivator? Shouldn’t we, like our Latin American neighbors for example, be so wrapped up with each other in community that caring for one another is what’s normal. Much more than me me me.
One thing I take away from Jesus’ time on earth, is He offered a potpourri of solutions, almost as if he were tailor making the solutions for the individual He was ministering to. To the rich man, “sell everything you own”. To the lepers, “Go show yourself to the priest”. To many, “Do you want to be healed?”
We know better than to call Him a chameleon. I think He was communicating his humanity. ‘Believe it or not, I DO feel what you feel. I AM obeying the law perfectly. I DO need to stay connected with the Father.’
Jesus himself is the answer to the hope symbol. But isn’t His multifaceted wonderfulness enough to draw us away from wanting just one good reason, or one good idol?
For me, I’m wanting to grow in my awareness of his humanity. It’s easy to know Him as Lord and Master, but brother and friend is more challenging for me. It reminds me of a friend I made in college.
It was a big school so a bit difficult to make Christian friends. He was certainly a big man on campus, so when he first picked me up to go play Frisbee it definitely made me feel like I was someone, or at least that I was WITH someone.
The early church was built on the foundation of men and women who had been WITH the Savior. So we must remember that we ARE someone when we remember that we can still spend time with him.
Ah. There’s the ticket. Don’t look for the right devotional or mind tickler. Maybe if you’re like me, that’s your idea of spending time with Jesus. But it must go deeper.
I’m not gonna preach that we need to pray more, gain more knowledge, or find any skeleton key that unlocks the door to progress.
One thing I do know is we need each other. So message me with your thoughts.