Monday, November 9, 2015

Surviving a Secular World As a Christian

     For anyone over 30, to look around at the changes in our world is frightening.  There seems to be despair on every corner, anger in every direction, and hate in every neighborhood.  Twenty minutes of watching the news on almost any given morning sets us up for a days worth of depression and fear.  And yet, most of us persist.  We march through our days wondering what is going to happen next.  Too many of us withdraw into the shells of our own lives to avoid being hurt, but yet, most of us do at least persist.

     Virtually all of us live with tremendous feelings of uncertainty if not down right confusion.  I tell you now, this is not the way God wants us to live.  Remember, God brought us here to be His companions.  He did not bring us here to live tortured lives always in limbo and to always worry about what might happen next.  Let me say this one more time.  He brought us here to be His companions.  He brought us here because He was lonely.  He wants us to be happy.

     Now the question becomes, how do we accomplish that.  How do we live and be happy in a world that seems to be filled with so much adversity.  Here is the answer in a nutshell.  Instead of wondering what terrible thing may befall you at any given moment, try worrying instead what terrible thing may befall someone else.  Maybe that is putting it a little too succinctly.  What it comes down to is this.  Step out of yourself.  Reach out to others.  Become involved in the lives of those around you and if you can, reach even further than that.  The more involved you are in the name of love with others, the less time you will have to be worried about yourself and as a direct result, the happier you will be.  You can give no greater gift than to give of yourself.  There is nothing on earth that can make you immediately happier than giving.  What it all boils down to is love.  The more love you give, the happier you will be.

     I know all of this is hard for so many people.  You must leave your homes.  Get your noses out from in front of your computers, TV’s, and smart phones and talk to people.  People are more socially awkward today than they have ever been and those devices are a major part of the reason.  Reach out to someone every day and every day your life will get better.  Your step will get lighter.  Your smile will get bigger.  And…here’s the big one.  You will also find yourself growing closer to God.  Remember, it’s not so easy to get to know someone if you only go to see them for an hour once a week.  He is all of us.  He is in all of us.  When we are together, we are with Him.  Go!