We're approaching the halfway point of 2018, and most of us are up to our ears in busyness. The year started with such opportunity to celebrate and rest… if only we had been prepared to enter into it.
How is it that we tend toward the same hurried pace of life every year? Why are we always exhausted?
A look back over the calendar tells the tale. It’s full of commitments made in the hope that they’d culminate into a more abundant year.
But following our passions leads to self-focus and eventually we discover what we wanted isn't all it was cracked up to be. We don't actually experience the abundance in our daily lives that we planned when mapping out the year; we just got busier.
What we need is a new way of seeing.
Enchroma is a company that gives color vision to those with red-green color blindness. When certain photopigment cells overlap, they blend colors into a monotone. By filtering out certain colors in this overlap, Enchroma glasses make colors become clear.
For people with severe color blindness, putting on the glasses makes everything around them come to life. Color is something they had only heard people describe before, but now they can finally see it for themselves. They don’t just know what a flower blossom looks like, they see it as it truly is. All the colors are vibrant. Or rather, their vibrance is revealed.
What if such a way of seeing could be restored to us? What if abundance was already present in our everyday lives? What if we trusted God to reveal the way to a life that produced more spiritual fruit and a deeper relationship with Him and our loved ones?
In CS Lewis’s book, The Screwtape Letters, the experienced temptor, Screwtape mentors novice demon, Wormwood on the art of deception. He reminds Wormwood that it’s critical for the person he tempts to, “find it all but impossible to believe in the unfamiliar while the familiar is before their eyes. Keep pressing home on him the ordinariness of things.”
It seems that even many Christians these days experience their lives in this way – lacking in spiritual abundance, full of ordinariness. Life is something equal to or even less than the sum of daily routines.
God’s plan offers us the abundance we hope for.
In order to see the opportunities He has designed for us to enter in to abundance, we have to filter out our preconceived notions of what a rewarding life really is, and what advancing the Kingdom truly means.
What do you think it looks like for you to advance the Kingdom in the way you have been called to? How does that play an essential role in a fulfilling life?
Of course, there will be disappointments and losses. There will even be heartbreak. These things are a part of the journey as well. But the alternative is to die a death of a thousand razor cuts: the slowly bleeding out of God-given passion until all the beauty of the Kingdom that is present here and now is washed away in monotone ordinariness.
But here is what this does not mean. It does not mean that you’re suddenly going to charge the front lines of spiritual warfare, or sell everything and move to a third-world country, necessarily. The spiritually abundant life is a journey and you have been equipped with a Kingdom heart and a specific calling. Don’t forget, you’re not alone! Your life will be full of trials and challenges and disappointments, but it will be even more full of wonder, beauty and joy.
We’re here to help you see. Will you join us in the mission to Transform Tucson? If you’ve experienced abundance after seeing with God’s vision, please share with us in the comments below!