Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7 (King James Version)
The new economy is what we call this. Things will never be the same, some say. But, will it truly ever be the “same” for us? This gets me thinking that our tendency is to crave another time, driven daily to compare present life to sentimentally colored days in the past. In politics we ask, “are you better off now than before?” Rarely, the right question is spoken. What do we aspire to become, to build, and to improve? Just like the politicians on the 24-hour news channels, we blame and remind ourselves of supposed better days. Nothing ever is looking forward, moving ahead, or dreaming of what is possible. This is the new economy’s gift: The world is ours to make.
Our dragon to slay is not as dauntingly huge as we think. Simple distraction is our fiercest enemy in improving both the world we all share and the internal world of our souls. Like zombies we consume the shiniest iPhone app, video game, trendy beers, mp3 download, mixed drink, HBO series, sports wagering, reality TV show, Hollywood gossip column, Facebook game, Angry Birds, best selling fiction trilogy, and old fashioned water cooler chatter. Twitter and texting may be addictive, mostly because it is too painful to be constantly reminded of what we no longer have. The 40% of the wealth the average person saw evaporate during the Great Recession might otherwise orchestrate a collective cry. We also then might mourn the reckless habits that led us to lose anything we thought we gained.
The world is ours to make. We are living in the bed we made, so it is clear when reflection occurs. Life is always like this. What we sow is what we reap. Ouch. Yep, it is true. This is both good news and bad news. You can see the bad news of what led you and I personally to a place we rather not be. And, the good news is that you and I can forge a path that leads to something better. Distraction pulls us away from the good news and masks the sting of the bad news. If only being so well informed would be seen as a blessing, imagine what could be possible.
The choice is to focus and realize potential, or atrophy away entirely. God is a God of grace and mercy. That does not mean seeing things with clarity is comfortable. The devil of distraction is at our fingertips, 24/7. But, so is the God of hope. Do you believe that the world is ours to make?