Sister to Beyoncé & Neo-Soul singer Solange (for those of you who don’t know her) says,
I’m wary of the ways of this world.
And she can say that again!
I’m thankful that I can vibe to her tunes, but even more grateful the Word provides comfort and true hope in these crazy days (I recommend listening to her album A Seat at The Table as you continue reading)!
I try now to blog at least once a month, and as January has come to a close, I sorted through my drafts and decided i wanted to wow you all…wow God…and wow myself!
My mind races at 12:51 am on January 31st because Executive Orders, killers on bail, and racism in Knoxville middle schools is blowing my mind.
It. Does. Not. Seem. Real. -In fact, it feels more like a nightmare.
And yet… I am reminded of the verse that pastor Andy Stanley preached on this Sunday.
Romans 12: 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
I can’t say this will be easy, but it’s in His Word first off, and secondly, when we do the stuff God says we should, we don’t take any L’s! (Seriously though, we are Winners, that’s why there are so many Victory verses and songs).
Nevertheless, I have no idea what to do with the current times… with the state of our country… my hometown.
What I do know is this verse hasn’t asked me to try and figure it out.
All this verse says is that I should fix my attention on God, and I will be able to readily recognize what he wants from me.
Does he want me to block it all and get away? To hold a prayer meeting? To protest? To write a letter? To donate time and money?
Yet and still…as I write…I realize that I have so many questions and not many answers because I have been focused on the culture around me and not on Christ.
We always hear the phrase, we aren’t of this world just in it. So yep, I wrote it again to remind us! What God would have me do and say, or not do and say, is based on the first part of the verse and nothing else.
I want to add the caveat that my stance in this blog isn’t naive or too unrealistic and/or optimistic– though the blog is called the Bright Sight. Rather…our God is a God of order and I am pointing to how He must come first and then other parts of life will fall into place.
Moreover, we live in a sinful world which is another tangent I could go into.
All in all, I must offer my life to the Him…every part.
Then, and only then, I won’t be engulfed in the ways of this world–the down-dragging, unfair, self-fulfilling ways of this world.
I can now head to bed because tomorrow I will wake up with the mindset that I am a living sacrifice and every negative news report, tainted text, or cruel comment won’t receive my focus.
Instead, my full focus will be on Him and that’s where I will take those things. Leaving those sleepless-sentiments to be my before-slumber statements.
Night… and xoxo,