There is no spoon

I have been sitting on this post for a while, trying to organize it into one coherent thought.  I do not think I am there yet, but if I do not write it out soon it is going to change into something else.

Back in Who Are You? I wrote about what makes you who you are. It is all about priorities. What are your priorities? What comes first?  What do you want?  What do you really want?

I often hear from my children, “I don’t want that.”  And in another classic parenting moment, I tell them, “It does not matter what you want.  Do it anyway.”  What good advice for us.  It does not matter what you want.

Jesus tells us in Matt 6:33 and Luke 12:31 what we should have a priority: God’s will, and God’s righteousness.  The rest does not matter to us, it is God’s responsibility.

In Moral Derivative I wrote about changing things at a different level.  But now I am thinking that may not really be possible either.

In the movie The Matrix (which is sort of about a virtual world) there is a scene where there are a bunch of kids doing seemingly miraculous things.  In one room there is a boy who is bending spoons apparently with his mind.  When the protagonist steps into the room, the boy hands him a spoon and says, “Do not try to bend the spoon, that is impossible.  Instead, try to remember there is no spoon.”

You have no rights.  You cannot change who you are, there is no you.  You must remember it is not about you, it is about Him, what does He want?  Do that.  Anything else is being a picky eater.

This is the key to changing who you are.  As you serve God, and take not thought for yourself, you will learn, over and over, that He is the best manager of everything.  He loves us beyond measure.  He can bring beauty out of anything.  We just mess things up.  Let go of your worthless life and give it to the Master.

Safe and the 4 Ps

What does safe mean to you? When are you safe? Where are you safe?

I heard something a week ago that really struck me, “Daniel was safest in the lions den.”

It comes down to the same thing I have been writing about for a while, who defines safe? Its is another 4 letter word. If you let God define safe, then you are safest in His will.

I was talking with a friend who runs an air operation with 13 planes and around 20 pilots. It is a lot of work keeping all those planes in the air, with all the maintenance and making sure there is enough fuel close to the over 500 air strips they fly to. He told me something that I have been mulling over. I am going to rephrase it as the 4 Ps.

Pray – We need to be in prayer. Not because God needs to hear us. He already knows what you have to say (Matt 6:8). Pray so that you can know what He has to say, what His will is. (I have a draft post about this, so I wont belabor the point.) Then make sure to be in His will.

Prepare – Do everything you can to be ready for what is about to come. There are some things God is not going to do for you. There are some things that are our responsibility. Do them to the fullest.

Persevere – Maintain your faith and endure in the midst of whatever God has sent your way. Heb 10:36 James 1:12

Peace – If you have done the previous three, you can be at peace with the outcome, no matter how horrible it is, because you can be sure that this is what God would have for you.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Rights and Privileges

When I was learning to drive, my father made it a point of reminding me (and anyone else around) that driving was a privilege, not a right.  What are rights?  What rights do you have?  Who granted those rights?

Contrary to the Declaration of Independence, I do not believe that we have any God given rights.  All rights are those afforded by man, be they an official government or the guy with the biggest stick.

Think about that for a moment.  You have no rights…

Yet we are so fast to claim our rights.  “I should not be treated this way!” “I deserve better than this.” “I should have this.”  You have a right to nothing, not even your own life.

Depressed yet?  Well, there is one right that we can be granted.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13

Are you willing to give up all of your “perceived” rights for something much greater?   What it really means to be a child of God is a subject for another time.

What color will it be?

A while ago I wrote the post “Palette of many colors.” I have keep the thoughts behind this post at the forefront of my thought ever since. It is not just that He uses people of all different “colors.” He has to first creates those colors from their lives. We can often not understand what is happening in our lives, but He is working to get just the right shade. You may never figure it out.

Since we can never be sure of the color God is working on us, we need to be very careful of dictating the actions of others. We are very quick to judge. “He should have done this.” “Why did she do that?” You do not know. You cannot know all the input that went into someones decision. You cannot fully know God’s will for their lives. It is not our job to judge anything. It is our job to follow God.

It helps if you think about the world in relation to freewill as a constant… Just react the way God would have you and leave the other guy to God.