Stories in the Moment

We all have a story. Some look better on paper than others.

Most stories are pretty mundane in the moment. There are splashes of bigger things, some people more than others.  The people in a war torn countries long for the mundane. Others chase a cause and find themselves fighting a different kind of war.

Growing up, my generation was  told to live large and dream big. That the world was our playground, to rebel against authority meant one was a leader and would go far.

When your told that often enough, you begin to desire more than you should. Your big break always lies around the next corner and your positive something better, will come along eventually. But life keeps happening around you. And if all your doing is looking forward, your missing the moments right now.  Maybe you never wanted to be  in the spotlight (watch out, because generally that is exactly who get’s put IN the spotlight), but your looking for that peaceful moment. Occasionally you find them because when we look we can find it. But the general, over-arching theme is disappointment.

Discontent, Discouraged, Disillusioned, Defeated. Is this all that there is?

Life seems more like the sea than a sea side vacation.  There are moments of calm with beauty all around.  Then there are moments where your riding on the waves and enjoying the ride. But it can get violent at any moment and all you can do is hang on and pray.   We all want to sit on the shore and gaze at the grand beauty but you can’t truly experience the sea until you are on/in it.

It’s as if we are swimming against the tide to get to the shore and what we forget is that, as Christians our shore is death.  We will then be able to view the beauty of the sea without fearing it or getting frustrated by it.  It’s keeping this bigger view in mind that will help us navigate the sea of life. We have a lighthouse. It is Christ.  Look to him and ask for his help.

James 1:2-18

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away.  For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

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