What Winds Your Clock?

In this day and age where uncertainty lurks around every corner, I think you would agree that we all need to consider what part we, as individuals, need to play in order to bring our world back into reality, God’s reality.  We weren’t created on a rainy day when there was nothing else to be done, out of a simple desire to make something happen.  We were created for something marvelous by a God who could see beyond the present and imagine what wonders could happen if we would simply pay attention to His voice and care about His desire.  It would seem that we currently have need of something that will restore balance to our lives.  You would have to admit that we have done a very poor job of securing a safe and happy future for those sons and daughters that we love.  Could it possibly be too late or is there still time in which we can actually make the difference that is needed; a difference that would not only assure safety and happiness for our children but also please the Father who created and loves us?

I know we can’t go back and start over, but we can give heart and soul to attempt correction regardless of whether we can be assured of the outcome.  Often when we sit down to think, hopefully with a degree of intelligence and heart, we can come up with a number of things that someone else can do if only they would.  If those people who live in that other country would just get their act together it would take care of the problem.  Would it?  Satan hasn’t simply selected a portion of the world in which to establish his evil and hope it will spread; he has broadcast his seeds over the whole of our world.  As with many gardens that soil has just been diligently fed in certain spots and left to multiple particular crops.  Seems we need some crop dusters for the weeds.

At this point, you are probably wondering what wound my clock.  It was something I read.  It seems Howard Thurman, a spiritual mentor, once gave this advice to a friend – Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.  You talk about hitting home!  I hope you will forgive me, but I have to admit that writing what I hear from God gives me the most soul-satisfying joy that I have ever had.  I can only pray that joy will bless another.

There are people we can read about in our Bibles who heard and obeyed the voice of God.  For some, it meant simply difficulty, but for some, it meant giving up their very lives.  We cannot know ahead of time, but what will be the condition of your heart as danger approaches? God asks nothing less than all of it.  I catch myself wondering if the people who lived in the day of Jesus were simply a stronger, smarter breed of mankind.  We have the benefit of reading about their lives and building upon them, but you don’t have to read much to know how far down we have come.  We may, on one hand, applaud them while on the other dismiss them.  Can we regain the land we have lost?

John doesn’t pull any punches when he gives us the words of Jesus – He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.  And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him (14:21).  Isn’t this what it is all about?  We were not created by our own will or for our own reason.  We were placed upon this earth by a Heavenly Father who desired to have many children to love Him and share His creation with Him.  It can’t get any better.  John told us what he saw in the book of Revelation – And I looked, and behold, a white horse.  He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer (6:2).

Do you think it just might be time to rethink our plans and rewind our clocks so that the Amen we profess will be pleasing to our Creator?