Saturday, February 26, 2011

Moving in Another Direction....Opposite Way

Does your life ever feel like the wheel in a hamster cage?  Hop on in the AM, knock yourself out...running, running only to spin in circles.  Busy, but not going anywhere.  When finally getting out of the wheel - other than being dizzy....not much got accomplished.  The focus was on the task at hand....not getting anywhere.

Gas prices, unrest in other nations, gay marriage, gays in the military, unions, politics, being asked to pay more for health insurance, abortion.  None of these are small issues.  Some are literally, life and death.  These (and other) issues are consuming a lot of attention, time and money lately.  It seems we fight little battles and ignore the war.  Or maybe another visual, putting out small fires when there is a raging forest fire behind us.

credit to Africa:

As the world continues to move faster and faster, people who seek absolute truth are going to become rarer. If you are one of those people, you may feel like this picture.

This does not mean you should give up.  You have a choice to make.  You either stand alone....or you work at being a light in a dark world, continue to pray for others to do the same and start moving in the opposite direction.

I heard a song recently on the radio.  It was by Leeland.  It is titled "The Opposite Way".   The music is beautiful, but the words are even better.  The video this girl (hannahsdreams) made is an awesome reminder that sometimes we need to be broken to move in the direction God wants us.  We may run (or swim) in a different direction than today's world.  We are never alone.  There is One who has gone this opposite way before us.

Philippians 3:12-21 (NIV)
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

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