This morning I awoke feeling kind of blank. Perhaps it is the couple of late nights, early mornings or maybe the ramifications of a rollercoaster week. Whatever the reasoning, I just sat here, listening. “God, paint a picture for me” I asked.
The picture began to appear. The first few strokes were large brush strokes of brilliant yellows and oranges. The picture developed a glow. And then the stabbing, jerky strokes of dark colored browns, reds and greens appeared. The glow never stopped but it seemed to be only on the edges. The middle of the painting being filled with the darkness of color. I knew what colors, what brilliance was underneath the darkening layer, but I could not see the fullness of the beauty.
Lately I have pondered how in the midst of so much goodness, I have felt or witnessed the pain that has come alongside. I said the other night it is as if a rubber band was being stretched. I suspect some of it has to do with the time of summer we are in. But I know it is more than that. I know that the economy, relationships, sickness and more have affected people. The answer for many has been to get busier, to invest more time. It has been a placebo for many. As someone who often helps people channel their energies, utilize their resources and manage their time, I see this pitfall occurring in these three lies that are frequently believed.
- There is only so much available time in a day.
- Our resources are limited by their reality and our belief in the favor on our life.
- Our energy is housed in our being
With those three constraints, let me say first and foremost, I believe God can do anything AND I believe He wants to. BUT I also believe He has delegated the procedure and the process of the “distribution” to His people. Therefore we are the “quartermasters” of His goodness. The purveyors of heaven.
So, what do you do with those constraints? I look to the values of God and His attributes. What does the word say about Him? Who is He? What does He do? One must be clear on God and His “bigness” as well as His love for His people. When one believes that we begin to see the following answers.
- As a believer we live outside of time and so does God. With that in mind, we begin to see that what is “constrained” to moments in the world, is subject to the limitless time of eternity, being brought to play in a moment or moments.
- His resources are our resources. We must believe that before that He in fact, wants to bless us. Again, we see that His riches are limitless and fulfilled in Christ Jesus. The release of this is tied up in our understanding of our identity, who we are and why we would deserve it.
- It is in His rest that my energy streams from. When I understand it is not about what I will do or how I will do it, but again what He is doing I realize that the catalyst to move the world is my belief that He loves me and wants to sustain me.
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I shall move the world. Archimedes.
The world will be moved when people see that it has already been done by Christ and His death. The fulfillment of goodness lay in His hands. You and I know simply access by belief to what He has already moved.
Years ago, a book came out that described the “tipping point.” The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate.
The observation is made that less than 100 people tied together can effect a tipping point if they agree on the thought process.
When we perceive the inexhaustible supply of time, energy and riches available to us bringing it into a now moment, we will remove the dark colors that represent pain, lack and injustice.