Another week of engaging with my Lent app and I am finding it a powerful way to re-focus on what is really important. The message of each daily devotion is not about me at all – no lifting me up, making me feel better about myself, no setting vision or discovering my purpose.
It’s a message that invites me to meet God in the desert places, the wilderness, the prison cell and to linger there a while if that is where He is speaking to me. It’s a message that challenges me to look out, see beyond myself; to stand next to and reach out to the other, the stranger, the not-like-me.
Then as my day goes on, I am again immersed in the flow of social media, colourful, busy, exciting, enticing me through endless memes and inspirational quotes to follow my dreams, have my best life now, believe for the impossible. I’m not sure about others but this often leaves me with a vague sense of dissatisfaction that my life is very mundane and ordinary, and that others are having much more exciting life adventures than me.
Jesus didn’t seem to say a heck of lot about personal fulfilment and I suspect at least couple of the disciples might have had to lay their personal dreams down when making the decision to follow Him.
I saw a great tweet- “The Prosperity Gospel marketed to Millennials is not cars and money, it’s the fulfilment of personal aspirations.”(@DanielWhite). This really struck a chord with me (and I am way too old to be a Millennial). We continuously are encouraged to focus on developing ourselves: live that dream, realise our potential, take that first step to becoming great, do something extraordinary.
Such a delicate balance between leading a life of meaning and purpose, ordinary though that might look; and honing your life looks until it looks like the one on your Instagram account.
So I re-read the reflections for this day on my app. And I get a glimpse of the Kingdom and the small but vital part I have to play in it. And I am content.
There may be more to learn by climbing the same mountain a hundred times than by climbing a hundred different mountains.
The Island Within