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23rd Psalm – The Message
God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.
Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.
You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.
Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.
We must learn a way to find and sustain whole-heartedness in a world gone mad.
To navigate this hour requires a soul that is saturated with God. His love. His wisdom. His life. His beauty.
Busyness is taking most of us out. There just isn’t enough time. John Ortberg said – “I cannot live in the Kingdom of God with a hurried soul.” It can’t be done. To be saturated with God, to be filled with His goodness, to not get fried by the mad pace of this world, you have a choice to make. No one is going to do this for you – if you want this, you’re going to have to fight for it and it starts with …
Your soul is a vessel designed to be filled with God and to overflow with Him. A reservoir filled up and it spills over and from which will flow rivers of life. Saturated with God. Clear eyes on this, don’t kid yourself — this world is designed to dry out your soul.
The goal, this quest we’re after, this treasure hunt we’re on – is finding a way to live freely and lightly as an operating reality. The goal is whole-hearted and flourishing souls. Do you want that? It is possible.
Our goal as a Tribe is finding a way to live freely and lightly as an operating reality with whole-hearted and flourishing souls. We are on a treasure hunt, looking for the path to this reality.
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16
This verse is absolutely crystal clear. The ancient path is there. It is possible to live freely and lightly. We have to ask where it is. We must be intentional – it’s not just going to come to us. We must hunt it down and find it. It is there! Once we find it … we must, with intention, choose to walk the path. If we do it, we will find rest for our souls.
If we want to experience the life of Jesus, we have to adopt the lifestyle of Jesus, the way of Jesus. We have to find that ancient path and take it. Ancient, not trendy. Ancient, not the facebook way. Ancient, not what is culturally understood or popular.
In the past few weeks, we have discussed technology and the time it consumes of our lives. Get this – the average iPhone user touches his iPhone 2,617 times a day. If you’re awake 18 hours of the day (that’s too much!), you’re touching your phone 145 times an hour or 2.5x a minute. all day. every day. Millennials touch their phone almost 5,500 times a day. Too much. WAY too much.
Over the past few weeks, we have discussed…
- Radically cutting our consumption of technology.
- Getting off completely and finally all social media.
- Utilizing the One-Minute Pause app.
- Practicing the art of benevolent detachment.
- Getting outside, connecting with the real and the tangible and feeling God’s creation on a regular basis.
- Next week, we’ll talk about Sabbath
If you want to live freely and lightly, saturated with God, these are just a few of the practices you need to adopt as your new way of doing life. Prayer. Fasting. Immersive reading of the Word. There is so much more.
“Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets”. If your system, your process is producing anger, mild depression, high levels of stress, chronic emotional burnout, little or no sense of the presence of God, an inability to focus your mind on the things that make for life … then the odds are very good that something about your system of doing life is way off kilter.
If you want to radically reboot your operating system for life – the 6-7 things above are a great starting point and this truth is the bottom line…
It is up to you.