This humorous little comment was sent to me by a friend: "In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal."
I must admit that it made me chuckle at the "weirdness" of the world. But, then I began to ponder why things like LSD (acid) and Prozac are even in the world. It gave me a cold shiver.
We're born with a need for belonging; we say we're trying to "find ourselves." Sometimes, because we look in all the wrong places, we get so frustrated that we turn to "artificial" sources of "enlightenment."
We take drugs to forget; drugs to remember; drugs to get high, and we take drugs to bring us down. We seem to think that with enough "chemical augmentation" we can fill that empty hole in our hearts.
Sometimes our "drug" of choice is work. Sometimes it's sex, alcohol, or money. We put all kinds of "gods" at the top of our lives in a vain effort to find meaning and substance to our existence.
If only we would humble ourselves and listen to the voice of God that lives within the heart of each of us. We are made in His image; we "know" Him in our souls; but, we resist because of arrogance and pride.
"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you... Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up." (James 4:6-10)
Solomon, the richest and wisest man to ever live came to the right conclusion over 2,250 years ago when we wrote: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
We don't need to "get weird," we only need to "get God."
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 2:5
Like many of us, Moses was a reluctant follower of Jehovah God. He had all the usual excuses for not wanting to tackle the job:
1. "I am not worthy," said Moses. God answered, "I will be right there with you."
2. "I don't know enough about God," he argued. God said, "I am who I am. You can depend on Me."
3. "Nobody will believe me," he said. God responded, "I will give you what you need to be a reliable witness."
4. "Speaking before crowds makes me nervous!" God replied, "I will give you the words to say."
5. Then, the truth comes out. Moses said, "I don't want to do it. Please get someone else," so God gave him Aaron, Moses' brother, to help him.
Excuses, excuses! The sooner we run out of them, the sooner we will begin to receive God's bountiful blessings which only come from giving what we have to serve Him.
GospeLines Prayer: Father, you see a lot more in me than I do, but with all my shortcomings, I give you what I have. No more excuses, Lord. Just pick me up when I stumble, but never again allow me to miss the blessings of ministry because I gave some flimsy reason for not serving You. Amen and amen.