Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Bigger Plan

I live in a beautiful world full of marvels of science. This world offers so much opportunity and adventure for those willing to pursue it. This world reflects the creativity and wisdom of a being far beyond anything we could imagine. There is one problem in all of this. This world is full of humans.

I can't count the number of people I hear regularly making blanket statements like, "I don't trust anybody-I've been hurt too many times." A friend once told me in regards to why he never returned to the church, "It's full of hypocrites. I don't want to be associated with them." While there is some truth to these statements, I always laugh a little to myself-not because I have never experienced their emotions, but because it is such a sweeping statement and in my opinion, a cop out. Do you stop shopping at Walmart because they hire people with criminal records? Do you not eat at Longhorn steakhouse because of those hypocrites??

The bottom line is that we are all human. A quote from an unknown author says, "The worst regret we have in life is not for the wrong things we did, but for the thousand of right things we did for the wrong people." You could change that last part from "people" to "person".Our purpose in life is so much greater than simply reacting to other people and their actions. We have the power to trail-blaze and make our decisions based on something much deeper than a fallible human being. 

The "Greater Purpose" is where I obtain my strength. If I live in the moment, only existing for each day and my life on this earth, what is the point of my life? Here is an example of this concept. I have a friend who went to see the movie The Patriot (when it was first released). My friend got to the theater early, got her snacks, and walked in to find her seat. As she walked in, she noticed the place was packed and it seemed they had already started the movie. She quickly and rather awkwardly found a seat and sat down thinking that she had somehow missed a few minutes but would figure out the few missing pieces. She began to watch a very dramatic scene where Mel Gibson hugs and kisses his family goodbye, says goodbye to a silent little girl who pulls away, then sadly mounts his horse and begins to ride off to war. Suddenly the little girl runs after him yelling, "Poppa, please don't go! I'll say anything, just don't go!" At this point, my friend noticed the emotional audience and climactic music and realized there was more to this than the kid being upset that her dad was leaving. She pulled out her ticket stub and realized she was in the wrong theater completely. 

The point of this example is this, many of us live our life trying to figure things out and "catch up" to what the people around us are doing. We struggle to find our niche of people and sometimes don't even realized our unrealistic expectations of them. We are confused in expecting our life to be the purpose instead of realizing our little "scene" of life is part of a much bigger plan. We make our decisions based on our own future, instead of living for a greater future and purpose that was designed by an intelligent creator. This topic strains me as I am a person of strong emotion (blame it on the Italian side) and can easily be caught up in enjoying the distractions of life instead of living beyond myself.

Matthew 6 says, "19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." 

Nothing in this life is forever. The people in this life are human. Make your decisions based on the eternal, not the temporary or the windshield view. Someone else is in control and has the bird's eye view from the sky. He even loved us enough to leave instructions on how to handle the things we don't understand or the things that hurt us.  As long as you know this, you can be happy and live life to the fullest despite the "hypocrites" surrounding you. 

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