Have you ever ridden the log ride at Six Flags or at some other park?
Lately my life has seemed much like I am riding a log ride (just not as fun). My life is in motion bumping up against the parameters (or shall I say the principles) of life. All the while, I know there is a destination out there that I will arrive at. As Oswald Chambers puts it, I’m living my life based on principles rather than vision.
There is a difference between holding on to a principle and having a vision. A principle does not come from moral inspiration, but a vision does.
Our own idealistic principles may actually lull us into ruin. Examine yourself spiritually to see if you have vision, or only principles. (My Utmost for His Highest, May 9).
How do you live your life? Do you get up everyday and hop onto the log ride of the expected routine in life or do you live it a bit more dangerously with a spiritual vision? I know it seems like I have settled into the log ride and today am being challenged to get off of the ride and jump into a raft and conquor an uncharted river. The Holy Spirit will be the guide and he will provide the vision.
Many years ago I went white water rafting on the Ocoee River in Tennessee. I was nervous and stressed the entire time. The water was freezing, the rapids were rough, and I had to trust the guide. At times, I even got angry with the guide because I thought he was intentionally sending us through rougher water when it wasn’t necessary.
I realize in life I do the same thing. At times, I get upset and angry with where this course is taking me. I want to point a finger at the Holy Spirit and say, “Why didn’t you tell me to dig earlier?” I’m quick to forget that He is teaching me as I go. He allows the rough waters in my life and I need to learn from them.
I have come to know when He is telling me to do something. I have learned His voice. But I haven’t overcome my fear of taking risks in following Him. I like the log ride. I know what I will experience in the log. As for the the raft, there’s a risk and I will have to trust the Guide.
Have you lost the excitement for living? Your job? Ministry? Family? Read Proverbs 29:18,
If people can’t see what God is doing,
they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals,
they are most blessed. (The Message)
I know the following quote is from a message on marriage. But it is applicable to any aspect of life that pertains to personal passion. Job. Family. Ministry. Whatever! We all get involved in doing something based on how it makes us feel but to keep it going and alive there must be a plan… a vision. It’s the plan that will keep you moving forward.
“Falling in love requires a pulse, staying in love requires a plan.” (Andy Stanley).
Are you following the vision for your life? Or have you decided to remain comfortable with where you are?