I would like the reader to watch this 6-minute video before going any further with this entry:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_M33GcJAmU

 The video speaks for itself.  I would like to thank a friend for bringing this video to my attention, and more importantly, I would like to thank God for giving me the inspiration to write a commentary on the video.

    As children, we rely on our parents/guardians for everything; therefore, it only makes sense that we have a well-built trust towards our parents/guardians.  As we get older, we start to venture out into the world and adapt to the current culture.  We start searching for and putting most or even all of our dependence on worldly things such as romance, money, alcohol, drugs, and beauty.  Patrick Morley has noted, “When we don’t need to depend on Christ, we will not…Our natural tendency is to depend on self, not Christ.  Depending on Christ is an act of the will by faith, not the natural disposition of our heart.  I have prayed that God will always keep some major unmet need in my life so that I will always depend upon Him.  To be really in need creates dependency.  To have so much, creates self-sufficiency.  When our lives prosper, the natural tendency is to lose our grip.”
   
   
In romance, we look for others to love and to be loved with.  We continually find the need to improve our physical appearances to get the attention of others.  In order to obtain money, we must work, and the more we work, the more money we get, unfortunately, the more we work, the more we miss out on living true life with friends and family.  The more time we spend alone, the higher the risk we get of starting to get a dependence on drugs and alcohol.  Once an addiction is formed with drugs and/or alcohol, then we get fired from the job we were working so hard at.  At the end, we find ourselves down to nothing, no friends, no job, no money, no alcohol, no drugs, and no romance. 
       
    We think that it is impossible to return to the life we had, the life of childlike trust and dependence.  In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says:  “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.  Accept my teaching and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives.  The teaching that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light.” (Lucado 2003)  God has given us free will; He watches every choice we make.  Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ came, lived a life worth emulating, then died on the cross for us, wiping away every sin and cleaning the slate of every bad choice we made.  Through Christ, God is waiting for us to come to Him and be embraced with His love.  Remember, our God is a God of great mercy and grace, a God of third and fourth and fifth chances.  Don’t let your sins or your past keep you from enjoying a strong relationship with Him.  Look to God to forgive you, to strengthen you, and to give you another chance.  Romans 8:35-39 says “Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us?  Can troubles or problems or sufferings or hunger or nakedness or danger or violent death?  As it is written in the Scriptures: ‘For you we are in danger of death all the time.  People think we are worth no more than sheep to be killed.’- (Psalm 44:22) But in all these things we have full victory through God who showed his love for us.  Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Lucado 2003) 

    At my home church, they have been doing a series called “Finding Life’s Rhythm” (Trinity 2009).  The series talks about the fact that there is a rhythm of work and rest that is built into our lives.  The rhythm is called the Sabbath.  In order to understand the Sabbath, we need to understand that God is ultimately responsible for our lives.  In order to experience the Sabbath, we need to unplug from the culture around us on a regular basis and spend time alone with God.  An excellent way to start spending time with God is to read and meditate on the Bible and pray.  I encourage everyone to read and reflect on Psalms 37 and 131 for starters.  The Bible can be read for free online at:  http://net.bible.org/bible.php

 

References:

Patrick Morley Walking with Christ in the Details of Life

Lucado, Max (General Editor) The Devotional Bible New Century Version (2003)

Trinity Lutheran Church sermons can be found at: http://markschulz.libsyn.com/index.php?post_category=podcasts

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