Have It Your Way

We are all unique people…

This Is NOT Burger KingSome like it hot, some like it cold (me).
Some like the flatlands, some like the mountains (me).
Some like foreign cars, some like domestic builders (me).
Some like coffee dressed up like a candy bar, some like it black (me).
Some are spendthrifts, and there is a huge need of having more people become savers!

Some like the democrats, others like like the republicans, while many others are following the independents or libertarians…

We could spend all day long comparing differences between each of us. The big problem is learning how to deal with someone who wants things their way, and not my way.

I believe we are built in the image of God. Male and female. We were born with the equipment to be the most unique individual that any of us know, as long as we keep God in the forefront of what that image represents.

In fact, I tell my wife she is married to the most unique person she has ever met! She wholeheartedly agrees!

Still, in the midst of all of us looking to do and be the best “me” that we know how, there is also a pathway to commonality that each of us walk toward. Rebellion against, and rejection of, that common direction is what we feel when we move into seasons like we are experiencing today.

  • Politics are alive and well…well, maybe not so good, but it sure shows the true nature of our neighbors and friends, and those we wish to put into office.
  • Culture changes are swamping the “who” we think we were, and the rejection of those who oppose the new direction is becoming the new normal.
  • Courts are knocking over the props of our democracy trying to interpret the founding fathers intentions of 250 years ago.
  • Trust is losing ground on all fronts. Which auto manufacturer is telling the truth about everything they do? And you could “fill in the blank” with politicians, businesses, financial institutions, governments, and any other entity you may be stressed over.

In the midst of this decade, how do we live to the best of our ability and have life our own way. It may be trite to witness Polonius saying, “To thy own self be true” when we are living in a time that many struggle with defining their self. Yet, our complicated self image and the world we live in makes this an onerous task.

How can we have it our way? This is the challenge for each person to define.

The Apostle Paul talks about the spiritual armor that we have the ability as Christians to robe ourselves with. It’s not a single reference point! And, since I am a Christian, each of these references are very important to me! My identity of self comes from protecting the image of God working through me. It’s not always easily accomplished by my fleshly nature, but with the help of the Holy Spirit I can maintain a better image.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. (Romans 13:12-13 NKJV)

“…by the armor of righteousness…” (2 Corinthians 6:7 NKJV)

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.  (Ephesians 6:11-20 NKJV)

We are learning through a study at church this summer a simple message. Our “self will” is often the destroyer of who we are in God’s image. Like the prodigal message of Luke 15, when our will causes us to leave our home, we often waste our life with wild living, arriving to a turning point of being destitute. Do we dig in deeper where we are? Or do we return to that place from whence we came?

Deep questions are not easily answered if we have no one to talk it over with. Who is the voice speaking in your world? That voice will change over time and eventually will get too far away from the “who” you want to be. The chasm between how far you have moved from your center point can be equal whether you move further left, or right.

Just like the pendulum in an old fashioned clock.

Pendulums swing from one way and then the other. Stored energy (potential energy) converts into movement energy (kinetic energy). It takes the same amount of time for a swing to move from one extreme to the other. This is technically called isochronism – essentially “equal amounts of time.”

Consider that the old fashioned clock worked as the pendulum swung from one direction to the other. Between the distance of each swing was a centered point. The base. The middle. I do not want to be the extreme person. I want to be at the center. The middle. That’s my way. How about you?

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