I’m learning something new. My understanding is still in progress, so this may not be complete. Just bear with me.
As a Type-A, achievement-driven middle-aged man (that’s an attractive picture), I have spent much of my life bringing projects to completion. I spend my days driving manufacturing research to its conclusion (if you believe research is ever finished). I’ve spent much of my adult life pushing players toward their best football (just win baby… I suppose that matters).
I’ve also made the mistake of thinking that my relationship with God has a near-term destination. Let me say that another way. I’ve tried to somehow muster the strength and consistency to “arrive”… to reach the place where I no longer disappoint myself, hurt others, and act contrary to what I believe. I’ve been fooled into thinking that I can put enough knowledge, effort, and willpower into the bank to stop failing. I’ve falsely assumed that I can “save enough to last me through retirement.”
I no longer believe this. I’m learning that the only sustainable alternative is to ask my personal counselor, the Holy Spirit, to give me what I need each day to share the grace that has been shown to me and give the love that has been lavished on me. By praying each morning for my “daily bread” and relying on Jesus’ power in me to love those around me, to be gentle, to be patient, I am witnessing a radical life change. Let me say that again. Starting every day with an honest request to the Holy Spirit for Jesus’ strength and mercy has transformed my life.
Learn to rob a bank. Dispel the myth that you can save enough to get by on your own reserves. Deny the power that success-based contentment has over you. Rely instead on Jesus. He’ll show up every single day. Peace and joy are waiting for you!