Ashly and I got to spend out 10th anniversary in Las Vegas. It was a fantastic trip as the two of us got some much-needed quality time together with no kids or responsibilities. Our accommodations were luxurious, the food was exquisite, and the scenery was…HOLY COW! IS THAT FOR REAL?
I have seen some things, but I had not seen these things and now I cannot unsee them. Haha, Crazy.
Ashly and I found ourselves asking this question amidst the chaos and brokenness all around. What would Restoring Wholeness of Life look like here?
They say what happens in Vegas either stays in Vegas or ends up on Facebook. But the idea is that things take place there that wouldn’t work in every day life. It is easy to become someone totally different. It seems all accountability is forgotten upon arriving and the restrictions, guidelines, and thoughts of self-control are all checked luggage that never made the plane.
WHY? How does this happen?
Two things play a part I think that translate into other aspects of our lives as well.
First, discontentment is at the heart of the issue. The grass is always greener on the other side. But I like this version better: the grass is greener where it gets watered.
We are often not happy with our current state of existence and long for something new, something more, or something better. The reality is that we have stopped giving any attention to that which is before us and yet still demand that it produce something for us. The WHAT IF or IF ONLY games begin and these are games you can NEVER win.
Until we learn to be content just to be proactive in our own yard, the rest of the world will seem much more appealing. Her body will be much more desirable. His job will seem so much better. That paycheck will never be enough. And we will lose sight of the fruit potentially produced right at home.
The second thing that happens feeds off the first. Our perception of an alternative reality becomes a perfect window through which we can escape. I like to say something a little different about the grass on the other side. The grass is greener because we are not over there crapping and trampling all over it!
We see a sliver, a glimpse, a doctored up, photoshopped version, sure thing of what is promised on the other side of the fence but the reality is our lenses are tinted, our vision is blurred. We must not forget that we were created for something more than what this life can offer, what someone else’s life portrays. As long as the things of this earth remain our focus we will only live for that which we can see, taste, touch, hear, and smell.
Paul, an early convert to Christianity and early follower of Jesus said this, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Phil 4:11-13)
This is not an equation for super human strength as we think of power, but the realization of an alternative reality in which anything we do, can be done with Christ empowering us. It is seeing things through a different lens that allows us to see the eternal instead of the temporal.
So what are you looking at?
Are you watering your own grass?
Do you need the peace from Christ that elevates us to the eternal in our thinking as opposed to just the earthly and temporal?
I’d love to talk more if you want. Have a WHOLE week!
Friday, August 4 – 630 PM BODY BLAST is CANCELLED.
Saturday, August 12 – RAWSON, Mental Health Awareness and Fundraiser at Koda CrossFit Norman. We are looking for 1-2 more to join our team for the event. Cost is $25. Proceeds go to the organization To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA). Look up the event on their Facebook page and let Brett know if interested.