Tuesday, July 7, 2009

what I learned today

"You and I, each and every one of us without exception, can be defined as an aching need for the infinite. Some people realize this; some do not. But even the latter illustrate this inner ache when, not having God deeply, they incessantly spill themselves out into excitements and experiences, licit or illicit. They are trying to fill their inner emptiness, but they never succeed, which is why the search is incessant...If these people allow themselves a moment of reflective silence (which they seldom do), they notice a small voice whispering, Is this all there is? They begin to sense a thirst to love with abandon, without limit, without end, without lingering aftertastes of bitterness. In other words, their inner spirit is clamoring, even if confusedly, for unending beauty. How they and we respond to this inner outreach rooted in our deep spiritual soul is the most basic set of decisions we can make; they have eternal consequences."
author - Thomas Dubay

God created all of us with a desire to know Him, a desire that can be filled no other way than to know him. Romans 1 talks about the fact that since the day we were born we have been able to see his hand in nature and all that he has created. So, there is no one with an excuse not to see God. Romans 1:20 (NLT), "From the time the earth was created. people have seen the earth and sky and all that God has made. They can clearly see His invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God."

It is so obvious that there is a need created in each of us to seek Him, to seek our purpose - which only comes in Him. The celebrities obviously and foolishly seek this, and they sadly do not realize only He can fill that horribly empty space. But not so obvious are the regular people all around us that feel worthless, that go to jobs they hate, that fight with family or walk away from family...They too are searching, it's just a more private search. Perhaps a more acceptable search. It is in the everyday that we must show them God, they must see our love for Him in our eyes and the words that we say, and the way we treat each day as a gift - even the days that hurt us.

As I consider the significance of this passage directly on my life, I realize that at 51 I wrestle with the exact questions my 19 and 21 year olds are struggling with. "What do you want me to do, how do you want to use me Lord"...My kids feel pressure to figure this out soon, I assure them (and discourage them by saying), At 51 I still ask Him daily, 'Is this what you want from my life, what can I possibly teach those over whom I am charged today...both family and ministry? What are you calling me to do Lord? Am I obedient in your call on my life? Till the day we die we are responsible to follow Him, and in this act He will reveal the details of our lives.

So today let His nature reveal the Creator as Roman 1 talks about, and live as if we truly believe we are without excuse. And to believe Him is to follow Him in everything.

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