Today I’m bringing the heat – unleashing a mind blowing truth. Monday I talked about being afraid to take risks for fear of academic rebukes. Well – screw it…
God’s ways are better than our ways.
Stunning, I know.
You’d think with all of the amazing technology we have we’d be able to create super foods that jam all of the nutrients a body needs to excel from every food group into some crazy concoction so we’d all just be insanely healthy. Yet, it really doesn’t get much healthier than the food that pops out of the ground. Every doctor recommends fruits and vegetables – every day. Processed food is far worse than the food that was created by God in the beginning. We haven’t improved on food – we’ve only contributed lackluster creations.
Forgiveness. We all know how the blow-for-blow system works. Each hit gets bigger and bigger, and revenge seems so sweet though it never ends the feud. It never satisfied both sides – in fact it only increases the appetite.
Not only that but forgiveness frees up the knot in our shoulders and sets us free. The emotions held hostage by that person’s wrong manifest themselves in a thousand unhealthy ways – so letting it go is letting to yourself go into a wide open world. Forgiveness is a better way to live.
Serving one another is the only way the world will truly work, in my opinion. When you get everyone only looking out for their own interest and doing everything they can to further themselves, then you get the manipulation, cold-heartedness and chaos we have today. We can’t all win at once. Someone has to lie down or carry their own cross – dying to one another yet again is the best way to live. It’s the only way to a harmonious, heavenly world.
So if God’s ways are the best ways – far better than what we’ve come up – why are we even having this discussion? It’s because we don’t like to follow them! It’s because God’s ways – of forgiveness, of servitude, all require compromise and sacrifice. We don’t get to eat the tastiest things, we don’t get to take justice into our own hands, we don’t get to do whatever we want.
So life in God’s world is an exercise in taking the road less traveled – dare I say it is the narrow path. But here’s the thing – knowing God’s ways are better does not leave us only wanting to do those – we almost always have the impulse to do the opposite, to do the things that lead to bad results. Apparently knowing is only half the battle.
What are other ways of God are better than ours? Why do you think we struggle to do the things we know are better and so easily do the things we know are unhealthy and harmful?
Note: I will be out of town next week on a family surfing trip to the Oregon coast. So stoked! Since my attention will be averted I will be posting “b-sides;” the posts I’ve written but have just been sitting in my drafts folder because they aren’t prime. Every band writes songs that just aren’t worthy of putting on their polished record – yet they may not be worth totally tossing out either. So if you need a break from me, may I suggest next week.