car trouble in paradise

Life in abundance, or to the fullest, can look funny sometimes. Not ‘ha-ha’ funny either. Sometimes it looks like maybe it’s a series of unfortunate events.

It’s not like we don’t have an abundance of ‘stuff’. Most Americans have way too much for their own good. Cars, dishes, bric-a-brac, photo albums, tools, coffee makers, don’t forget the espresso maker, grills, iPods, iPads, internet, cable, I’m sure you get the idea…

But I believe we all know, deep down, that all that stuff is not the key to peace and contentment. Every bit of it is a  distraction to keep us from facing the real issues. That’s the real ‘value’ of entertainment anyway-to make us forget our troubles.

But Jesus said that in this world we would have trouble. And the truth is, we do. The fact that all the above things have such a hold on us tells us a lot about how we deal with it.

I know from personal experience how things can just pile up around you. Do you ever feel like you’re being buried alive by one problem on top of another? It’s like you’ll never dig your way out in a hundred years! This is the nexus of the crises, so to speak, and this is where most of us crumble, roll over and veg-out in front of the tv. This is the worst thing we can do.

Isn’t it strange, that when we need to be in prayer the most, when we need Gods presence, peace and strength the most, is when we often run the other way.

It really betrays us, and exposes our greatest weakness.

Our lack of trust.

I’m sorry to admit this, but God has been dealing with this issue in me for decades. Without faith it is impossible to please God. And how can you have faith in God, if  you don’t fully trust Him? This is a major issue with a lot of christians. We SAY we trust God, but we don’t act like it. We hold back on giving, or we make our own plans without seeking His will, because we’re AFRAID of what might happen. This is not how you act when you trust somebody.

Do you trust God with all your heart? Would you trust Him with your future, your possessions, your family?

Stop for a minute and think about it.

It’s where we all need to be, if we’re going to continue to call ourselves christians…

Will you go to Him in your time of trouble? As in turn off the tv, walk away from the laptop, notebook and iPad, and press into His presence? We should seek Him first, foremost and in everything we do.

This is where the true abundance lies. Here is life to the fullest.

It’s really nowhere else.

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