Feel what you long to
So I have had a free moment of my day and along with getting to work on some other plans that I have I also feel it is a good time to write some more blog drivel. Time has passed since I last posted here about the phenomenal Notwist concert. And I think that I am justified in saying that The Notwist are fantabulous, spifftacular, and bodacious. But that is not what this post is about. This post is about the negligence of people.
People are negligent. I am negligent. Lots of people running this planet are closet hypocrites because they have neglected something at some point in their life, or they are neglecting something, or they are currenlty laying the groundwork for a massive strategy of future negligence. I liken negligence to a sapping of the soul. Just like our energy can be sapped by the hot rays of the sun on a muggy afternoon, so can our souls be sapped dry by the dry husk of winter life that causes us to be negligent. What am I saying… that people are negligent because of the weather? Ha, that would be funny but, no. People are negligent because they are people.
At all times I am faced personally with decisions that require me to be mindful. I can’t just shrug off responsibility and go on with life without taking some stock of what choices must be made. If I spend all of my time living in a surreal perception that nothing that matters matters right now, then I am being negligent. Because, after all, nothing will get done until somebody does it. This is why people are chiefly negligent. They believe that they have time. They may not have much time in the present, but they figure “hey, in the future I will have time to do this… I will do it then” this is really a fancy way of describing procrastination. Sometimes, people realize that they need to take hold of the present and make something happen. And so they set about doing it, the problem is that many times people haven’t got the foggiest clue about what they are really doing, unless they are comfortable with doing it or have done it for a long time.
But perhaps the bright spot in this dark cave of negligent feellings is the knowledge that no matter how stagnant we can be, God is constantly moving us forward. The world intrinsically cannot deal with the fact that Jesus is the savior of all mankind. And therefore it searches for reasons to hate God and Christianity. It seizes upon many of them and we are assaulted constantly. If we are negligent and fail to offer rebuttals to the arguments, they will keep on coming. If we get a rise out of ourselves and let is take hold so that we fly off the handle, we further marginalize Christianity. The key to not allowing negligence to make us feel like pieces of crap who can’t defend our faith is to allow God to do the talking. Right now, I hope that God is doing the talking through my keystrokes, because I wouln’t put much value on the words typed here if God wasn’t in on it. In moments of apathy we seem to lose a sense of direction… we seem to lose a grip on God. We remember the wrongs men have perpetuated against us far more readily than the infinite blessings evident in our own lives… blessings that come from God. And so this is why we have find our rest in God. Resting for sometime on this planet only brings about apathy and weariness… not respite.
How long will you assaut a man?
Would all of you throw him down-
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge. – Psalm 62:3-8
And that is where I plan to hide out from the strom of barbs the world throws at me when I’m feeling at my lowest. Silly people will argue about Jesus and the technical aspects of His life and they will get angry and pised off when they see good things about Him. They will become offended at the least slightest mention of His name. But I will find rest in God alone.
As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to glaive it. – John 12:47 NKV