Clarence looked at the green leaf as it sailed past him, blown by the wind. In some ways he felt like that leaf—at the mercy of the wind. The wind in his life were the people and circumstances to which he responded in an ad hoc way. He had no compass. He felt directionless, unable to chart a course for himself. Clarence even felt disconnected from everyone. As he looked at the disappearing leaf, he wondered how long it would be before it began to lose its color and become dry. It was disconnected from the branch and therefore the tree. Then, he thought of his own life again. Disconnected. Maybe that was it. As he thought this through, he realized that his God-connection was slack.
Slack! Calling his God-connection slack was being generous. The connection was loose.
The more Clarence thought about it, the more he realized that he was the green leaf. It was only a matter of time before he became totally dry.
How is your God-connection?
Missing Connection without the God-Connection
You find your deepest and truest meaning in God. When you are not connected with God, something is missing. Thus, you look for connection. When you are not aware of the difference your connection with God would make, you seek to fill what’s missing with people and things. Then when these don’t do the trick, you seek out more and different people, different things to do. You blame them or you blame yourself for the lack of depth and/or meaning in these relationships. You either keep searching hoping that the next thing or person will do the trick. Or, you turn inward, feeling sorry for yourself and/or feel abandoned and or/worthless.
It’s time to strengthen your God-connection. Renew your God-connection and find what is missing. You will have a connection that gives you meaning and value.
Directionless without the God-Connection
Have you found yourself moving along the course that somebody else’s compass has charted? It may be that there is no compass and you just react to whatever is going on around you. You move and act according to the prevailing wind. You do not have a clear path that you must take. If you stay on this course, you will have limited fulfillment if you stay on this track.
Yet, you can have clear direction and the resultant fulfillment through your God-connection. You see, God has something definite for you to do. Here is this verse:
For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life (Ephesians 2:10).
When you are connected to God through prayer and the study of God’s Word, God will show you your God-direction. It will be your compass. You will not be reacting but you will be proactive. You will be able to filter out that which does not advance what God, in Christ Jesus, has for you to do. As a result you will keep a steady course.
Failure without the God-Connection
Have you noticed how much emphasis is put on your physical life? People emphasize healthy eating. They talk about the need for exercise. Some people are even tracking research to see what the next big breakthrough in nutrition will be. Is this not important? Of course being healthy is important. However, it is not as important as the spiritual, the God-connection. Well, I guess that is if you understand that “life is more than food, and the body more than clothing” (Luke 12:23).
Yes, indeed. The Bible makes it clear that there is more to your existence than the physical realm. When the God-connection gets loose you lose your source of spiritual sustenance. This results in a loss of energy and ultimately a loss of life. That is a spiritual, systemic failure. Think about it. What is life if you are not spiritually alive?
Don’t be the leaf blowing in the wind. Don’t be Clarence. Keep your God-connection strong, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
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