There are moments in our lives where we really think we’ve got it all together.
Thoughts are threading nicely, dreams are dovetailing with reality.
Plans meet in a beautiful, purposeful way, blossoming out before our wondering eyes.
It is in these moments we are at what we see as the veritable heights of humanity.
The pinnacle of delight in our own achievements…
And the most vulnerable- if we forget to acknowledge the Giver of these good things.
Beyond just a flippant throwaway grace over dinner. 😉
Now, comfortable doesn’t have to be bad. Comfortable is something we each of us quite naturally crave.
In my special needs family, it can be extremely important on any given day! 🙂
Yet, I don’t really think it’s the chief aim of the Christian life.
Because, when we’re overly comfortable, we as humans are prone to neglect gratitude.
Far too prone.
Abundance was a hallmark of my previous church existence. We all of us were expected to have it or thirst for it.
Abundance isn’t evil, of course.
Jesus did say, after all, He came to give us life and life more abundantly.
But, then, consider that the word “abundant” can have several interpretations.
Some temporal, as my old church clung to.
Some eternal-that which I now tend to believe Jesus was really referring to.
Abundance in the former defintion, again, is not necessarily wrong in of itself.
In fact, it can be amazing, but in it often comes the danger of falling into a dismaying forgetfulness.
Of the life prior to it, of the lives in the shadow of it, of the promise of abundant life to come.
Most of all, of the Lord who benevolently pours it all out.
We may start out with a hearty “Thank you, Jesus!” but, without taking care, that thankfulness tends to fade.
We begin thinking somehow we did it all, that something in our infinitesimal efforts is what caused these blessings to be.
Pride slips in, entitlement soon follows, and, sadly thereafter, enters in a sour dissatisfaction with the current level of abundance.
There comes in a stingy sort of fear that what we do have can be snatched, that only in anxious grasping as at an old blanket can we hold on to it.
That only in further chasing down can there be a return to the brief time on the mountain top.
We stumble through screaming for our rights, but we lose all sense of righteousness in the process.
When triumph comes, we tend to say, “Look at what I did!” with nary but a cursory glance at He who equips us.
But, when struggle comes in, when life looks a little less rosy?
Ah, then we recall Him! Typically, either to vent anger or to beg favors.
And, in all that fruitless scramble, we tragically miss the point of living for Christ altogether, reducing Him to a kind of slot machine we love when all is overflowing, but resent when our land isn’t so plentiful.
Oh, this should not be so, friends!
To cheapen this gracious gift of the Christian life to a lot of “what-about-me’s” just cheats our hearts and souls in the end.
Of the joy of the Lord that is born in the thick of the come what may.
Of the love of God that sees beyond the temporary trappings of this world to the eternal hope of heaven.
Of the blessed truth that sheds light on the struggling we might not otherwise notice in our state of abundance.
Points we really don’t want to miss in the midst of “having it all together”.
Prayers and blessings, dear friends! May we seek ever after gratitude for all He gives us, especially the gift of eternal life.