She sits at the end of 2014 like a woman on a park bench, the days crowding her off the edge into a brand new year.
Ready or not, new things face her and she just wants to know how to do things differently. Better. How to get the most from the time left? How to live well, live full, with full meaning?
We can be so distracted by silly aims, by the noise of Facebook and the clamoring of products and ideas and opportunities and to-do lists that we forget how to nail it at life.
We put out fires but miss nailing the purpose for which we are created.
We’re like Matt Emmons. During the Olympics of 2004, Matt was guaranteed the gold.
With one bullet left to shoot in the three position rifle competition, all he needed was a 7.2 to gain his second gold medal.
He aimed…fired…BULL’S EYE!
Except he hit the wrong target. He had cross-fired, had mistakenly aimed at a competitor’s target.
He was awarded a score of zero.
Instead of the gold, he finished eighth.
You can have the ability, the promise, the opportunity…but be dead wrong about your target.
I know about that. I know about floundering and shooting shotgun style, spraying everything out there instead of aiming my one shot, the bullet of my life, straight at the right target.
Little matters if we nail social media but miss the target.
No points are awarded if we bring it at Bible study group but miss the target.
There is no gold if we win the crowd’s applause or see hundreds respond to our message or live our days in comfort and ease but miss the target.
Do we get that? Only hitting the right bulls eye matters.
There are a thousand glories calling us to come up and behold.
They make tantalizing promises. But these targets, though beautiful and some even good, are all the wrong sights. These are all lesser glories which, if pursued, forfeit the win.
“Call it what you want, but we are continually bowing down to our highest perceived beauty. We are obsessed. Addicted. All of us, addicted to something. The question is, to what?”
There is a glory hole in each of us, there is. It’s this pulsing hunger for something beautiful and noble and royal. Something beyond the trivial. Something that gives meaning to the mundane. Some worthy reason for the suffering. Beyond the meaningless pursuits of the modern day, we hunger for Glory.
Can you feel it’s inner ache?
How do you re-orient to the Bull’s Eye, the right Glory when you’ve fallen short of it?
When you’ve pursued lesser things because you’ve lost sight of the highest aim? When you’re hungry but have missed the awe, the wonder, the grandeur of Glory. When you’ve been duped into believing lesser glories offered something more?
“Real Christianity shows us a glory so great that it effortlessly eclipses all other would-be glories, and a God so ineffable that He can forever satisfy us, enthrall us, and ultimately, change us.”
Glory is the target.
We are supposed to live stunned by it.
Right about now she’s thinking it, feeling that unless Glory goes with her, she doesn’t want to step into a new year. Doesn’t want to step into dishes and laundry and shoes piled at the front door. Into music lessons and homework and dinner prep and to do lists a mile long. Into parenting wounded children and loving unlovable people.
I’m with Moses… Unless Glory shows up each step of the way, each mundane moment, I don’t want it.
It isn’t about setting a few resolves and hoping for a better life. It isn’t about blazing some trail for our own satisfaction and self actualization. It isn’t about finding thrills in cheap pursuits. It’s about setting the heart on seeking His goodness… and hoping for Glory.
And after all, Glory is the very real hope we have.
Some books you read to learn, others to entertain.
Yet there have been few books that have affected me profoundly and those that have, fall into neither of the above categories. The books that affect me the most are those I worship my way through.
It happens unexpectedly each time … I can never foresee when a read will turn out to be one of those books. Papa’s book is one of those unexpected blessings that ushers you into worship. It both prompts heartfelt worship and gives the reader practical tools by offering suggestions for how to gaze at Glory as a way of life. If the world’s fare has left you hungry for more but you don’t know how to practically feed on and derive nourishment from the Word of God and the Glory of Christ, this book is for you.