Monday, January 28, 2013

Dirty Laundry and Emptiness

Wow! Dirty Laundry seemingly filled this property; perhaps you could check in but never check out. Should I take it easy while pondering if I saw a Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac? No, I did not look back as those days are probably gone forever.

This past week I accepted an invitation from friends to watch scenes from an episode of Dallas filmed in their home.

My friends told of their neighbor building and rebuilding a mansion in Dallas for the last twenty-five to thirty years. The former Eagles and music solo star Don Henley evidently lacks contentment with his home, unable to attain the perfection he seeks.

As I shake my head in disbelief in hearing of discontentment of his built homes, torn down homes and rebuilt homes, I ponder what areas in my life do I seek impossible perfection? Do you and I tear down and continually attempt to rebuild our self-image, self-worth, self-acceptance, or appearance? Do we have mansions in these areas, envied by the world, yet view our self attributes, God given gifts and talents as imperfect rubbish?

In reality, all the earth contains corruption because of sin entering into the world through Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15-16). Anything, tangible or intangible, we build on our own for our own purposes will continually fail to provide internal contentment.

How do you and I find contentment? How do you and I enjoy our various mansions? Submit your life, your dreams, desires and achievements to God in Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Understand that only what we truly submit to Christ will bring complete internal contentment in our lives. Only in Christ will we enjoy our life's mansions. Without Christ, and the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit which he sends to all who believe in Him for eternal life, your life and my life will remain empty regardless of how valuable our blessings appear to the world.

There are no magic words to receive this contentment. Rather fully acknowledging in your heart and mind that Jesus Christ died, rose from the dead to cancel your sins—each of your mistakes—so that you may have eternal life. Eternal life begins with believing in Jesus on earth, including a relationship with God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. The true, all knowing, all powerful God of Creation. Admit to God that His wisdom exceeds your wisdom, and any person's wisdom. Ask Him to reveal how He continually acts in your life. His actions do not make life easy, rather provide internal peace in all circumstances.

Confess and seek to understand that He is in control of the universe. Resist the temptation of questioning His motives or doubt His wisdom in permitting bad things to occur. Rather seek His wisdom to learn any lesson that He desires you to learn individually and corporately as organizations, communities, and nation. Thank the Lord, praise his name above all names continually. Engage in constant, audible and non-audible, conversation with Him.

When you and I only care what the Lord God, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit think of us we will freely and openly love others. Loving others exists in desiring Christ's best for them. Additionally, you and I will recognize the beauty in everything, finding contentment in all that God blesses us with.

Go ahead, hand all of your dirty laundry to Christ through his death and resurrection on the cross for your sins and all who believe. When you check-in as a believer and engage in a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ you will never want to check-out. Your internal peace will forever take it easy, as your heart, mind and soul joyfully strive with diligent, persistent effort in serving God. Once you see and recognize the significance of the Cross, you will have no desire to look back because the days of emptiness and discontentment are truly gone forever.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!
Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.


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