We hear the statistics on divorce, abuse, suicide. Some of which I believe is augmented to support a certain message.
I’ll stop right here to state that yes there is a huge problem with these three areas. Problems that require our prayers, our focus, our pursuit of God – the only one with power to heal.
I just question the use of data that is outdated, truncated and obtained by dubious methods.
For example, the statistic has been thrown around for years that fifty per cent of all marriages end in divorce. When a more accurate depiction would be seen through the statistic that ninety-five per cent of all marriages end in either divorce, suicide, abuse or apathy.
A statistic I just now made up.
But I come with, not just made up statistics and seemingly, overwhelmingly hopeless agendas. I come with a message no one wants to hear and very few will take to heart even if they hear it.
Do you really want to see your marriage healed? Do you really want to find hope and purpose to go on living? Do you really want to end the cycles of sexual bondage, addiction and despair?
Now you have a choice.
We are designed for two things and two things only.
Number one is that we are designed, hard-wired, programmed to be complete, fully human, whole and healed in a relationship with God Almighty. And that relationship is ONLY possible because Jesus died on a cross and rose from the dead.
If I look to any…
I’m going to say it again.
If I look to ANY human, earthly, physical, mental, spiritual resource, other than the King of Kings, Jehovah Jireh (look it up), I will lack, I will starve, I will be ruined and disappointed.
That includes my wife, my parents, my church, my work.
They cannot meet my needs.
The second truth of our design is this, we are designed to meet the needs of others.
“Whoa, wait! You just said…”
Our perspective is SOOOOO screwed up. We expect others to meet our needs, deep, spiritual, emotional, mental NEEDS and ignore God. Then bypass the whole reason for us being placed on this planet.
If the only thing God wanted was a relationship with us; our praise, worship, adoration, I would argue that He would’ve been better served keeping is with Him. But, in the act of becoming His fingers and hands, His arms and feet and heart, we truly become “like” Him, truly become “created in His image.”
Does your life suck? Your marriage? Your job? Your school? Your family?
Flip it. Approach God as the only thing that can complete you. Ask Him to meet your needs for love, purpose, hope, understanding, every need you have. And then go into your day looking to meet the needs of others, a divine laying down of your life for those around you.
Guaranteed you won’t get it right. Without a doubt you will still struggle, problems will still raise their ugly faces, life will still occur. But don’t give up.
Give it a day and peace will be there too. Give it a week, and joy will be easier to find. Give it a month and the adventure begins. Give it a year and you’ll never be the same. Give it your life…
Well I’m still waiting on that one.
But I know it’s got to be better than the suckiness of waiting for everyone to meet my needs.