“So truth fascinates you…why?” Duh! It’s real!

I love writing posts–that is, when everything flows properly and in a timely fashion. If not, forget it!!

(Yeah, I gotta work on that.)

But, anyway, I also love writing because I like to see, hear, read what I think.

(Yeah, I know, that’s an incriminating confession too.)

I also love to discover truth–what will help me and others–and that happens most effectively when I write. It’s not that I do a lot of truth-producing–no it’s out there all on its own. But, when I go looking for it, I find it.

How about you, do you like seeking out truth? Do you like finding out what is real and what’s not? Does it intrigue you to know the reasons behind things?

If you do, maybe we’re a lot alike. Really, that’s not all that important, but in any event, I hope you do love discovering truth. And, not just discovering truth, but letting God incorporate it into who you are.

(Yeah, that’s definitely the harder part!)

Letting truth be incorporated into who we are–letting it change who we are–is really a gift. It is sweet, though it does not come without a pinch, or in some cases, a punch.

But, that’s okay when you consider the alternative: Living without truth is a death all its own. While accepting truth involves death to some part of us, accepting lies (or half-truths, as we may call them) are a death to every part of us. There’s no getting out of it. We are claimed by what we believe; defined by what we choose to live by.

There’s no other way that this could be. It’s a fair system and we’re given a fair choice. The question is which one will we claim as our own?

Truth or Dare–which will win in the end? …Or which will keep us from really losing?

Frustrated? Yeah, I thought so

Let me ask you a quick question: Do you get frustrated?

(Long pause.)

I thought so.

(If you didn’t say yes, you’re probably frustrated with me right now for even asking.)

Let me pose another: Do you think it’s fated or do you and I have some recourse?

(If you’re hoping I’ll stop, you can relax. I’m not trying to expose your inadequacies to shame you, I’m trying to recommend to you a strength that’s greater than all the frustrations we daily face in this world.)

You don’t have to strengthen your present armor, you just have to ask Someone to become your armor. Not so that you will never get frustrated again, but so that your frustrations will not possess you and hold you captive. So that, when frustrations assault you, you will have a defense–a confidence greater than what assails you.

You and I have available to us a grace that fortifies us with peace in the midst of our frustrations and carries us with mercy when we fall. Neither depression nor expressions of anger or fear can manipulate us when the Force within us is greater than that without.

We know that Christ is great enough to confront everything we face because where we failed in keeping God’s law, He didn’t. He lived in our frustrating world and was as susceptible to its threats as we are, yet He didn’t live according to its dictates or mirror its orientation in His soul. His soul was unblemished. And rather than be frustrated by the world, He frustrated it.

He died on behalf of hopeless sinners who defied God’s judgments. He fulfilled those judgments on our behalf and by doing so exalted God in all the earth. But His mission had no ultimate meaning except in this: that He return us prodigals and pharisees to His Father, that He might also be our Father too.

Who could do this work instead of Him? Who could live as though it didn’t exist? We all can. And yet, in this work is all the answer we have to living in this frustrating world. We put it to work by trusting Jesus; believing that He has removed the frustration that is between natural man and God. We confess that every frustration in us and in our world comes from this one ruined relationship and we acknowledge that we are the ones who deserve the blame for it.

We accept His provision of mercy and forgiveness with wonder–both are undeserved and costly, the mark of a Heart more generous and compassionate and selfless than all others. The only one true heart.

And He has offered in His salvation plan to both accomplish our acceptance in righteousness and make our heart mirror His. This is a sweet deal for us who need a higher calling than here and the blessed fortitude to live it out!

Oh, give us eyes to see the One who encompasses us about in every trouble. You alone can do this, O God!

 

So I couldn’t see Him and frustration wasn’t far way…

I’m frustrated right now. Some things just aren’t working out how I thought they should. I want to protest. I want to lobby for fairness for fortune-deprived me. I don’t want to wait around for things to be cleared up. I want to be treated as I deserve.

Beyond that, I just need to know: Why do things take so much work? I wonder, what am I doing wrong that things don’t turn out better or turn up quicker? Things should be going better than they are. I want to find a solution. Something that works for me. Something that makes much of my efforts and little of my failures. I don’t want to make incremental progress–I want to shoot to the top like a super bouncy-ball that doesn’t feel the affliction of gravity.

Am I asking too much? Do I sound too arrogant or self-promoting? If you think so, you are probably right. I just wish I could see things as objectively as you. My subjectivity is what gets me in trouble. I don’t want to see things for how they really are; I just want to feel good about what I think is going on.

Do you ever feel that way: Like you wish the truth could be more of a massage than a message? I know I do. But why do we want this? What are we really hoping to gain–or avoid?

Well, I know I’m not really trying to gain a conflict resolution or a better perspective on my circumstances–that’s for sure! What I’m really trying to do is avoid the need to change or adjust. Do you have that same fear, stubbornness? (I know, I’m thinking the same thing: Is she crazy?! Hello! To admit that is to feel the necessity to change.)

But is sticking it out where we are all that effective, helpful? I don’t know about you, but I don’t find it to be a very satisfying place to hang out. At first, when my dissatisfaction with external things is high, I lounge here in style, but that only lasts a short time. Within moments a barely noticeable shift takes place: I realize my satisfaction level is not continuing to increase by staying here. My initial high is dropping. I want out of here. I need a more stable form of satisfaction. And, if a new perspective will get me there, nothing better be standing in my way…

God offers us new perspective. Not only does He give us opportunity to see things a new way, He gives us new eyes. He doesn’t just give us new glasses, or vision enhancers, He gives us new optical capacities that we never had before. We see things as He sees them. We don’t just pick up on new dimensions of reality, we pick up on a new thought-process about that reality.

We move beyond just seeing what’s obvious in what’s around us and set about discovering God beneath the surface of everything. We learn to cherish the greatest inconveniences and pains because we realize that God is the driving force behind everything we encounter in life. He uses good which He loves and evil which He can never condone to covertly promote within us the desire to see Him more clearly than we see anything else. To be more aware of and set on the implications of His involvement in our lives than we are about any of the elements He allows to be a part of the whole scheme.

This is Christ-centered vision. This is the only kind of sight that can really help us. It is the only kind that was meant to compose our perceptions of this world. With it we are able to agree with Him and trust Him in all things–even when things don’t work out and we think self-pity filled frustration is our only reasonable response.