Today is That Day, Believe it or Not

Today is truly a day that God has made and the more complicated the world gets, the simpler the Word of God is to understand. Often, I get reminded of the power of ego, pride and the need to control, or should I say the need to be in control? Letting go and letting God is easy enough to say. It’s easy to say, to understand and yet so difficult to do. We all know people who can quote scripture backwards and forwards, but don’t have any faith as we see it. We know Christian control freaks who must have the last say and demand that you give them credit for being right all the time. I know I sometimes get caught up in rationalizing circumstances in order to explain the events of the day, as if by some miracle of intelligence, I am the authority.

More often than not, if I am blessed and open to receiving the Holy Spirit, I get a chance to see the real miracles, the nuances of life and the hand of God. It’s then that I realize I am not in control, never have been, never will be and it’s okay. Giving your life to Christ requires a constant vigil against taking credit or issuing blame. When you focus on service, you really do see things from a different perspective. The service I’m referring to is the selfless kind that neither seeks nor expects reward. The mere act speaks for itself. How simple can that be? Christ even suggests that God sees into your heart and knows your intentions. Love God and love thy neighbor as you love yourself. This is so simple and so incredible that if you’re not careful, you’ll miss it altogether.

Now, on this day that God has made, let’s take this simple concept and apply it in a seemingly very complex world. Behavior has its parameters. Actions should have its purpose. Selfless service should always be uppermost in our mind. Travel with me as I look back over yesterday. Can you see how easy it was to succumb to jealousy, cruelty, envy, worry, pettiness and selfishness? It’s simple but it takes work to be humble, loving, giving and a source of truth all day everyday. It takes habitual effort and will power and I believe you know the will that I’m talking about.

I believe the calling of every Christian is to try. It’s the effort God expects. It’s the intent He wants. If you are first seeking the kingdom, then the quest should have some direct bearing on what you do today and what you tried to do yesterday. If you fail, try again tomorrow. I know I have been fortunate to have known people who were angels walking with me. From them I’ve learned to pursue God instead of this world. They’ve shown me the battle is not over until you win. Born again is ultimately living forever. There’s a line in a popular movie that what we do in life echoes in eternity. It’s kind of nice to know Jesus took care of that eternity thing and all I have to do is get through this life thing. Like I said, it is relatively easy when you understand the Word. See me. See God. I can do this and so can you. Let go one day at a time, one hour at a time, one moment at a time, one person at a time. God will do the rest. I promise you. After all, it is His day anyway. May He bless and keep you always.

James, jaws@dallasweekly.com