There are certain conversations that never leave my mind. One is an old dispute with a manager that I have long since lost track of. I was always asking for the approval to invest for success. When whatever we were doing worked we were going to need infrastructure, customer service capabilities, and people. I was confident we were going to win, yet I never secured his approval or funding. The consistent response was simply, “oh to have that problem!”
Many are waiting for God to prove that Divinity’s way is superior. Everyone’s criteria is unique though with time even one individual’s set of measures rarely seems to stay constant. Once one goal is achieved we insert another. We like the bait and switch tactic with God. It seems as if we believe that we can have the best of two world; we get to do what we want (self centric) while we preserve the opportunity to accept whatever it is that God is offering.
There is a simple alternative that I believe maximizes the potential of the choice we make. We can place our trust in our self, the god wrestling to take charge within, or we can trust the God without. We can rest of confidence on our abilities or we can look to a God that only thinks in terms of community. It is the ultimate statement of the individual versus the collective power of the universe. Human might versus the Spirit.
I see truth winning. Truth is only known when it exists between two or more. When it exists across a universe, it is perfect. My God is perfect truth. This is where I am willing to plan, even in my doubts, anticipate, even in my fear, and act on, even in uncertainty. Today is a day to act. Today is a day to engage! Today is a day to be alive. Yesterday’s command is our problem! “Clear lots of ground for your tents! Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big! Use plenty of rope, drive the tent pegs deep.” (Isaiah 54.2)
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