There is one thing that is clearly different for me from when I was young. When I was young I thought that I could do anything and everything by myself. Give me a recipe, the kitchen was mine! Show me once how to put something together, I would become the ace assembler! Every activity, any task and challenge was within my grasp. Limits didn’t exist.
I do not even dream that way these days. There are far too many things that I have first have evidence that I cannot do not matter how much I will my mind and body, discipline my actions, and force my body forward. I have and will fail! I will continue to fail. I think I can pinpoint the date when I came to full terms with the fact that I was weak, feeble, and at times a failure. It wasn’t a terribly depressing time. In fact it was a relief of sorts. I knew with my heart that I couldn’t accomplish much if anything on my own. I needed people and I needed God more than I needed food, life, and shelter.
This knowledge allowed me to act in a way that I never imagined possible.
I look around me and see a world where those in power, both sides, believe than can do it all themselves. They believe in their positions and they will sacrifice all to hold onto their views. I find men and women struggling to become all that they can be while losing everything that is important. I struggle in responding to the pain and anguish that so abundantly floods the relationships around me. There is so much that could be different.
God’s answer to me and to you is the same.
“Here’s what I want you to do: Buy your gold from me, gold that’s been through the refiner’s fire. Then you’ll be rich. Buy your clothes from me, clothes designed in Heaven. You’ve gone around half-naked long enough. And buy medicine for your eyes from me so you can see, really see.” (Revelation 3.18)