Finally, someone who understands! I can't even explain how long I've been trying to tell all of my friends that. But I guess it's only something you can learn for yourself, and only if you are willing to look beyond the cloud of...hmm, what's the right word for here...what this world had tried to paint for us. They want to hide this beauty and truth from us, to make us miserable.
Yes. The world is so much more than we are told, because you have to reach out and grasp hold of ideas and thoughts and remember that if you treat people like animals and have low expectations most people won't deliver beyond that.
True. We are also pressured into a single style of existence, "go to school to get a degree so that you can get a good paying job so that you can afford a car, that is parked in a garage of a house that you never really own that..." and it ends up all being meaningless. (Not to say that these things are bad, but I believe we've treated them as ends, instead of as means to something better and more fulfilling)
Yeah. Go to school. Get a degree. So you can fulfill your purpose! Make money so you can get a car. So you can go to the places God is going to take you in your life! Hav a home. So you can invite others in!
We have a culture that see's a single path towards a goal. In reality, God is provider, and so if God wants me to go to school, I should go. But I don't go to school to get a job so I can provide. I go to school to function as light to those around me. God can and will provide everything we need, though often we want more than we need.
I've noticed that. Man is a race of greed. We want more and more. We want better and better. But that greed is never satisfied, and it never will be. I did this thing with my youth group called thirty hour famine. We all raised donations then for a Saturday and Sunday we met up and actually DID the thirty hour famine. For thirty hours we did not eat. We washed cars to raise money for kids in Malawi. We collected canned food for this organization in the town. We also spun signs and challenged passerbys in cars to come to the car wash and donate to help the kids in Malawi. And during the whole thing we weren't hungry, because we had this beautiful sense that for thirty hours we were giving. We weren't doing ANYTHING for ourselves. It was amazing. I came home from that experience changed. I am no longer picky about what I eat AT ALL. And I realized how much we do for ourselves and not for others. And I'm trying to change the way I work and chase out the demon of greed.
Just remember, "There is no one righteous, not even one. No one who seeks God, for all have fallen away", and "You who were once dead in your transgressions have been made alive in Christ"
There is no way apart from Christ to overcome the spirit within the world, because we are (apart from God's mercy) slaves to that spirit.
No matter how hard we try, resist, fight, we cannot overcome sinful desires. It's not a war of wills, it's not a matter of tring harder. "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit" declares the Lord.
No matter how hard I try, I cannot make myself different. I cannot make myself change and become more humble, more loving, more in tune with God. We are without hope, except that Christ has set us free. Rather than trying to overcome our nature, we can by faith put to death the things which lead to destruction, and take our identity as defined by Christ. So, instead of trying to be less greedy, we simply lay claim to the nature that is the Spirit, full of love.
Rather than triyng to feel joyful, we remind ourselves that the Spirit in us is always full of joy.
*see what happens when I get onto another side-rant-subject thing?*