Posted by: sailingspirit | July 14, 2016

Resurrection:

Have you forgotten that they often awake alone?

                                                                          in the dark?

                                                                          bound and restricted?

                                                                          stuck in one place?

                                                                          experiencing decay?

                                                                          bad smells?

                                                                          perhaps bugs?

                                                                          no communication?

                                                                          no one looking for them?

                                                                          no wardrobe, no possessions?

                                                                          weak, perhaps hungry?

                                                                          job re-allocated?

                                                                          loved ones moved on?

To truly crucify yourself and die to your old life may require this tomb time.

Resurrection may be a shock to you before it shocks anyone else.

 

 

 

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Posted by: sailingspirit | October 31, 2015

Faith In Hardship: God’s Prevention A Lesser Love

I was just thinking about the seeming cruelty in the 400 years of slavery Jacob’s descendants had to go through in Egypt, especially considering the fall it must have felt like after enjoying privileged status for so long in Joseph’s era.  If God loved them so much to take them out of famine to feasting and honor, why did He not love them enough to keep it that way?  To prevent the suffering of slavery?

Two things, related actually:  1) Complacency, and 2) Perspective

Re: 1) Truth is, Evil prowls endlessly looking for easy targets, so anyone who gets too comfortable in the good times that they let their guard down and get complacent about defending and protecting what they’ve been blessed with is asking to get hit.  Periodic fire drills help maintain awareness, preparedness, and skillful expediency.

During their free grazing years, the clans of Jacob had their run-ins with area city-kings and had to learn how to defend and protect everything they had acquired, including developing some diplomacy.  Eventually, they reached a limit beyond which they didn’t know how to do, or didn’t have the resources to do.  Scaling up was going to be a challenge.

Which leads me to Re: 2) From God’s perspective, He wanted so much more for them but the truth was they were a small start-up in a wider world of bigger, more established, and more experienced empires.  How could they possibly compete with that?  At a certain point, God knew it would be wiser to pivot from a beginner-level strategy to a mid-level strategy that would better prepare them for the ultimate outcome of being their own successful empire, outshining the others.  Like an intriguing spy movie, Phase II required humbling themselves into Undercover Mode.  By working within the deepest crannies of a very successful (albeit ungodly) empire, they learned all the good tips and–here’s the part not to miss!–all the weaknesses of their future opponent.  When the day finally came, God helped them run off with all the goodies knowing exactly which threads to pull to unravel the whole shebang.  AND FROM THAT POINT ON, THEY NEEDN’T FEAR THAT EMPIRE AS A RIVAL ANY LONGER.

Thus the true grandeur of God’s love could be expressed by blessing His people profusely, because they 1) were better prepared to build it, manage it, and defend it; and 2) had a leg up on the competition to successfully take over the top of the mountain.

So if the truth of God’s Greater Love is overcoming to lasting peace rather than retreating to comfort but living in constant worry, how can we apply it to our own lives, to maintain faith during hardship?

Consider:

a) In what area do you feel you should be blessed and expanding in?

b) Have you reached your peak according to the methods you presently know?  Does scaling up seem daunting?

c) Have you yet experienced a pivot point in which, knowingly or not, you had to downgrade your status into Stealth Mode to learn some new secrets from the competition?

If so, now is the part where your faith needs to be applied to your perspective.  If God wants you to have His Best, which is bigger than other people’s best, there needs to be a pathway to get you there.  Work at seeing the Phase III that follows Phase II.  When you succeed at Phase II you should know all their best stuff and their weaknesses, feeling prepared to exit Undercover Mode revealing the superstar you have always been, ready to expand AND take down the competition SO THAT you won’t have to fear losing your grand accomplishments after the fact.

MORE BLESSINGS AND MORE PEACE.  THAT’S GOD’S IDEA OF TAKING CARE OF YOU.

So don’t confuse the stealthiness of Phase II as some kind of abandonment or shortcoming on God’s part.  Spies always communicate with their home bases on the down-low.  God doesn’t want to blow your cover by throwing His weight around in too flashy a way too soon!  He’s being stealthy with you.  Just keep your head down and focus on being a good spy.

Then, when it’s time for Phase III, think about how you might like to do your grand reveal.  Rip open your button-down to reveal the Superman logo underneath?  Whip off a mask and cackle?  Or the magnum power of meekness, quietly stating what will blow their minds and blow the roof off the whole place, like Esther did?*

*If I may, I suggest the quiet atomic method.  Because I have noticed the most powerful people in the world are sooooo confident in the true supremacy of their power they don’t have to brag about it to convince others it’s true.  They don’t care what people do or don’t believe, it has no bearing on their power anyway.  Results speak for themselves.  Isn’t it eerie how a person can just wag a finger or nod their head, and suddenly people leave the room and crazy things happen?  Yikes!  Showing no fear by remaining calm also has the opposite end of the spectrum, showing no excitement over power as if you’re surprised it’s working.  No need to discuss it when you could just be getting on with it.  Thus I suggest your Phase III reveal be so cool, it’s like being the most awesome is the only way you’ve ever been, a daily occurrence for you.  “Of course,” you’ll say, “Don’t you?”     ; )

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Posted by: sailingspirit | August 15, 2015

The MVP: Most Valuable Product

Calibration check:

Have you forgotten that the most valuable product does not come from you?  If you’ve been stressed or striving lately, you’ve gotten swept up in the fallacy that your value is in what you accomplish or produce.

Nope.

The product doesn’t come from you, the most valuable product IS YOU.

Success in life is to become very much like the single Greatest that has ever been: God Himself.  Everything He creates, produces, expresses is cataclysmic-ally, outrageously, perfectly, elegantly, sublimely and eternally impactful simply because it comes from the One who is all those things.  He is perfection.  Are you perfection?  If you are substandard, everything that comes out of you will be, too.

So your #1 priority should be likening yourself to Him in every possible way, until you have transformed yourself so much that thereafter you can’t help but produce marvelous things.  For the first 60, 70, even 90% of your effort your only goal is to become His ultimate product.  At that point, you cannot be a one-hit-wonder, you can only be serially amazing, transformative, sought after as the “sure thing.”  Any one of those outcomes, much less the sum, in that finale 10% will far and away surpass any mediocre success you could have attained by striving the 90% up to that point anyway.  It’s true!

Do you want your legacy to be that you succeeded, or that you tried really hard?

Do you want to fizzle, or do you want to go out with a bang?.

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