Adventures AWAKE

A pithy little blog encouraging creative adventures of the Christian spirit

Creative Resistance August 26, 2009

One night I was layin’ down,palate

I heard Papa talkin’ to Mama.

I heard Papa say, to let that boy boogie-woogie.

Cause it’s in him and it’s got to come out.

~ John Lee Hooker, “Boogie Chillen”

Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet. It is the root of more unhappiness than poverty, disease, and erectile dysfunction. To yield to Resistance deforms our spirit. It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be. If you believe in God (and I do) you must declare Resistance evil, for it prevents us from achieving the life God intended when He endowed each of us with our own unique genius. Genius is a Latin word; the Romans used it to denote an inner spirit, holy and inviolable, which watches over us, guiding us to our calling. A writer writes with his genius; an artist paints with hers; everyone who creates operates from this sacramental center. It is our soul’s seat, the vessel that holds our being-in-potential, our star’s beacon and Polaris.

~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

 

Want an adventure?  The Holy Spirit is genius!!! Think about it: How has your spirit been deformed by resistance to God’s endowed gifts in your life and the Spirit’s guidance of that calling? The opposite of resistance is acceptance. Enjoy the freedom and fun of operating from the center of who you were made to be! Take some time to acknowledge your gratitude for the opportunities that this opens up to you.

P.S. To embrace your genius, read Pressfield’s book. A kick in the creative butt for those of us who need it.

 

Not far from the tree August 10, 2009

acornTo be an acorn is to have a taste for being an oak tree

~ Thomas Merton

 

Want an adventure? Think like an acorn. (Yep. That’s a little nutty). What is it you have a taste to become? Ask God to shape your life for the end you are living toward.

 

Blinded by the light (or the lack thereof…) May 7, 2009

one-lit-bulb-among-many

“…BE THE LIGHT THAT YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD TODAY…”

I’m not sure who said it but have you ever been temporarily blinded by a flashbulb? — stared a bit too long at a bright light? — driven into the sun on a brilliantly clear morning? We are called to be that dazzled by our Savior on a daily basis. Star-struck, as it were, by the Maker of the stars, moon and sun. Time with Him makes us radiant. He is the all-powerful Source of light in our lives. If you’ve had experience in any/all of these ways, you know the blindingly bright image sticks with you for a bit…you don’t see things the same. It’s distracting — but in a good way. I think that’s how we’re supposed to wear God’s glory while we’re here.

When I go to the store to buy light bulbs, I assume they all will work when I screw them into the socket and turn on the light. Burned out bulbs just don’t sell. And if the bulb is the wrong size for the fixture, when I get home it is virtually useless. If my life doesn’t reflect the light, joy, and purpose my Faith claims — if it doesn’t shine in dark places — then I am no better than a burned out bulb. The power source is there but I need maintenance…I need a new bulb. A simple fix.

Rarely, do I stop and consider the light in my own soul; how it’s working. Yet, without this simple attention I will surely burn out. My purpose extinguished. (A light can’t be left on all the time or it will eventually expend itself, too). So how am I doing at lighting the world…right now? Am I maintaining the bulb and it’s connection with the Power? Am I a candle? A flashlight? A bedside lamp? A floodlight? A spotlight? Is it what I’m called to be?

Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:14-16 (The Message).

 

Want an adventure? Turn out all the lights and — in a darkened room — think about the light you want to see in the world. Ask God what He would do through you to enlighten things and to bring power to the purpose you have been created for. Then, sit back and be dazzled by His plan. Others will be dazzled, too.