A lot of us get beaten down by the realities of life. It’s hard to make ends meet, let alone support a family, maybe prepare for college, walk the journey of downsizing with our parents … it’s easy to stop dreaming and imagining because “those things never happen to someone like me.”
I’ve been down those roads.
But the nice thing about God is that there are always dreams and visions and sometimes they come true. Actually, I’m of the belief that we can magnetize those things to come to us if we just put them out in the Universe. That’s why one of the things we say at South is … “Throw it out there and then pay attention.” Put the hope, the dream, the vision … the wish … out there and then pay attention to how little things manifest on the road to fulfilling those hopes, dreams, etc.
The challenge, though, is that we have to live in both worlds … both in the KOG (the Kingdom of God where God is ruling EVERYTHING and everyone coexists in peace) and in the 3D world as we know it. And those are two different realities. They influence each other, but they are not the same as each other.
Over time I have come to Plan “as if” … and Live “as though.” What I mean by that is to plan, hope, dream, imagine as if all things are possible — as if time, money, energy, etc. are all limitless and are completely accessible to me. But in my everyday life, I have to also live as if I could lose everything in an instant — because, frankly, we can. A storm, a tornado, a death in the family, a car accident, a house fire … everything could be gone in a heartbeat.
Some would call that second part living with a sense of detachment. Buddhists are great at that. Some Christians and Jews and Muslims are, too. Most of us … not so much. We think we have to have all of the luxuries that we do when we really don’t need them as much as we enjoy them.
It’s the planning-as-if part that I think we sometimes shortchange. We set our sights way too low and we don’t think enough of ourselves to believe that we warrant all of the good things from God. But I keep coming back to the Bible (I know … go figure) and how God keeps telling us in Psalms and Proverbs (and elsewhere) that God delights in us.
God delights in US? Yeah. Isn’t that crazy?
Today the verse that keeps coming to me is Zephaniah 3:17. Zephaniah … who even reads that??? But this is where it says: The LORD your God among you is powerful— he will save and he will take joyful delight in you. In his love he will renew you with his love; he will celebrate with singing because of you.
Y’know … if God delights in me, then who am I to doubt that all those good things that I wish for and hope for … all those dreams and visions that I have for me future will come to me? “Not I,” said the Little Red Hen (another obscure reference) …
We live in both world … not just this 3D one that works to bring us down to the basic level of subsistence. In fact … I’d rather remember the words of Romans 12 (The Message version) 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.
So … go off and have a good day. And maybe consider Planning “as if” and Living “as though.” It’s kinda cool!