POD #24: Annus mirabilus
Last week I was encouraged to read Ephesian 2 in the Message version, the entire chapter. In it there were several lines that really jumped out at me about how to live not just a annus mirabilus, but a life mirabilus.
You let the world…tell you how to live. When I spend my time trying to do what the culture around me dictates, I am usually steered away from my purpose and led towards conformity with the world. I am not usually a follower, but at times I do find myself going along for the ride. I let someone else dictate my direction – even if it is just for a short period. I was not called to walk someone else’s path; I have a unique path laid before that I must choose to walk out to see the miracles, the auspicious moments God created me for. To live fully, I must not let the world tell me how to live, but let God tell me.
You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. To live the amazing life I was created for, I have to stop and realize that my life is made up primarily of what I put into it. If I want to see remarkable things happen in my life, that will not happen sitting on the sidelines of life. I can not fill the majority of my time with unproductive activities like watching television and scrolling through social media and expect to exhale productivity into my present or future. I have to take time and breath in things that will fill me with belief in my dreams, passion and purpose.
All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. I have seen the most amazing miracles occur when I step out of the way and just let God work through me. When I spend my efforts to accomplish something, I can certainly do it with effort and time; but God can accomplish more in a split second than I can even fathom. I just have to trust Him enough to listen and obey. When I let Him do it, He not only starts it, but will complete it. I play a supporting role, He is the director and lead role. Just like a supporting role in a play, my role is to highlight and support the lead role and take instructions from the Director.
He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. In order to have a remarkable year, to live a remarkable like, I have to allow God to tear down the walls that keep me arms length from others. In order to accomplish what God place inside of me, I need God and I need other people. I need people who have been where I am that can help me learn from their experience. People who will speak discipline, correction, and encouragement to help expedite the process. I need people to walk alongside of me, to encourage and support me. People with a similar dream and passion who will help carry the burden of the purpose before us. And I need people who will need what I have to offer. People who not only will receive it, but who will take the wisdom and knowledge I impart and make it the stepping block for something bigger and better in the next generation.
You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. To really live in the concept of annus mirabilus, I have to be willing to accept the calling God has placed on my life. I can not walk in anything I don’t accept. I have to accept everything He says about me, and not listen to those who tell me that I am not qualified, or don’t have a right. I have to accept it, and then walk in my annus mirabilus.
I can choose this year to let the life that I was designed to live roll out before me. I can choose to see the miracles come forth that God wants to do both in and through me. I just have to stop letting the world dictate my future. I need to be more careful about the things I spend my time doing, as I will only get out of life what I put into it. I need to trust God through the process and just let Him work. I need to evaluate the relationships that I have and invest in them instead of allowing insecurities and fears to create distance. And then I need to just walk in the fullness of who my Creator says that I am and what He says I can do through Him. This could be my annus mirabilus!