The world is going to tell you how you can’t, how you won’t, how it’s impossible. It will point to all your inadequacies, all God’s inadequacies. They will make sure you remember prior failures, dreams that died, hopes crushed. And, in case you haven’t given up yet, they’ll make you aware how little you can change, how dumb the idea is and how tired you already are.
That’s the world.
It always makes me laugh to hear people talk about God and His rules. The picture is painted of a God that looks down sternly on His children, waiting to zap them if they get out of line. His angry look is intended to keep us from sinning and doing anything stupid.
Anger is usually pretty poor at keeping evil at bay and, can I get real here for a second, He knows us. Do you think He envisions us never doing something stupid? Nah!
He is our creator God. He is creative. He created imagination, intuition, dexterity, intelligence. And He put it in our hearts. He put inside us a warrior’s heart, a couragious heart, and a curious mind. Those things have to be knocked out of us. Questions come naturally, not rule following.
He clarifies what won’t work but it’s actually a pretty short list. It can be summed up in two statements. “Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” And, “love your neighbor as yourself.” This does not inhibit creativity, it frees it. It channels it in healthy directions. It moves it to bring life, not destruction.
My picture of God, at least the one I’m trying to wrap my mind around, is of a God of laughter who looks down at His kids, amazed and enjoying the myriad ways we show His love. He opens His hands to bless as we move in His Spirit. He casts down the walls, the hinderances, the enemies that stand in our way. He miraculously intervenes to show His glory and power. He enters to make what should be impossible, not only possible but completed, finished, accomplished.
Do you dream? Do you believe? Listen to Him. I hear Him cheering you on!