One of my greatest concerns not just for me; but for all of us is that we will not live this life; the one chance we get, to the very fullest. We’ve all experienced a loved one pass from this life into the next and have witnessed what we can bring with us. In the end, it’s a single casket perhaps with small, nonetheless meaningful trinkets and our best dress or suit.
That in our journey we would rely on the weakest of things instead of tapping into someOne so powerful that the miraculous occurs. That we would miss amazing opportunities. Like Priscilla describes in God Is Able, “Trading adventure for what feels to us (deceptively) like complete control. As a result, not only do we miss out on feeling the wind of destiny and abundance in our own hair, we also potentially clog up the pipeline of blessing for others coming up behind us.” (pg. 116)
The weakest of my things are many: My cup of morning coffee after 8 hours of sleep. Being physically able to run. My appearance. Intimate connection with my husband. My daughters’ behavior and achievements. Financial stability. Just to name a few.
Do I depend on these things to give me strength, endurance and happiness? I sure can. Do I rely on these things to empower me? I sure can.
Just let the coffee carafe break before the first cup is poured and my reliance is obvious!
It doesn’t take long though to realize that these things are only weak imitations of empowerment.
They are fleeting; ever-changing and so temperamental. I haven’t gotten 8 hours of sleep in a very long time. My left hip is starting to pain. My appearance tells my age. My husband and I disagree. My daughters’ behavior and achievements are rightfully their own and not for me to own. Our financial stability is certainly not what it used to be.
In their proper place these reliances may help for a time; in a moment but there is so much more available to us!!
Radical living is having a dependence and connection with a power Source that never changes or depletes—God’s power. “And it is from this unending, boundless, limitless supply of God’s power-engrained character that we (yes, you and I) draw our own power.” (Priscilla Shirer, pg. 102)
Relying on God’s power I can have a meaningful and productive day even without the required hours of sleep; I have hope that even as my body ages I have purpose and giftings that reach beyond the physical; I can forgive and love my husband despite our differences; I can pray for and watch the Lord work in the lives of my precious daughters and I can trust that the Lord will provide for all our needs and then some. I can even make it through a morning without a cup of coffee!!
As Priscilla explains on pg. 117 God’s power is readily available to us believers the moment we believed (Ephesians 1:13).
To ‘not yet’ believers this power is readily available, ‘That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.’ (Romans 10:9). And instantly without payment, cleaning up, being perfect, meeting some religious checklist it’s yours for the taking and using and living.
At the end of my time I don’t want it to be about what lies in the casket with me but who and what fills the room I have left behind. That what is noticed is love that surpasses the trials and tribulations of this life; forgiveness that heals and brings together detached relationships; and an all encompassing hope and peace. That the things that are said in tribute breathe new life into those listening. Not because of this lady but because of what she believed in and how she lived her life. A radical life live-r sourced by her God!