One Last Kick

Hola.

I had a burrito last night and I guess it effected me more than I thought.  I know, I know… weird.

Oh well, back to the topic at hand.  Just so you know, I am not going to keep hammering away at the issue of being stirred to step toward things beyond us.  What started out as a fairly simple and friendly New Year’s kick in the ass to motivate you probably feels like a full blown kick the crap out of you beating.  I hope not.

I do have just a few more points to cap off some of the thoughts that have been bouncing round from Monday’s blog.

As you can easily see, I am pretty passionate about living my life where it can be vs. where I am.  Please forgive my redundancy but I am not talking about feel good activities that are salve for the doldrums.

I am talking about God gifts just beyond our view and grasp, waiting and available if… IF… we are willing to be open, step out and risk.

Some may think this is a cruel game God plays, like a carrot placed just beyond the reach of a hungry mule as an impetus to provoke progress.  It could not be farther from the truth.  The stretch beyond is part of the gift.

Stepping beyond where we are is NEVER comfortable.  If it were easy it wouldn’t be worthy of the effort.

The exciting thing about this process is that I know I am growing and going in the right direction because of the amazing reality that I am becoming comfortable being uncomfortable.

Just so you know, I am not saying there is anything wrong with being comfortable.  We spend our lives trying to build a better life, have a better home and nicer things.  That’s okay.

But I also know that some of you need to become uncomfortable being comfortable.

There is a time to comfort the afflicted and a time to afflict the comfortable.

- Robert Graham

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But there is a dark side to comfort.  If not careful comfort becomes our focus.  We doggedly pursue comfort and success is measured in those terms.

The feathered nest of comfort over time causes our eyes to drop from beyond the horizon to focus on the petty prickly things that irritate and disrupt.

So YES, I do want to poke at you, to kick you in the ass and cause you to lift your eyes a little higher, beyond the clouds of the here and now and consider the possibility of more.

If you feel poked you may be wondering where to begin.  Well, believe it or not you’ve begun.  The very fact that you feel poked is God’s tap on the shoulder.

Some of you may be wondering how you know this is from God and not the ramblings of a nut case under the influence of a burrito.

Side Note: Let me say that God uses very strange things to get people’s attention.  If He can use a talking mule in the Bible it’s not beyond Him to use Burrito Boy.

I am remarkably humbled if God does decide to use my feeble writings to begin the process of moving you to more.

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Back to the question, how do you know it is from God?  I can get all theological and hyper-spiritual and unfortunately that’s what a lot of you would want.  Most want some tingly confirmation in your Spirit as you tilt your head waiting to hear the booming voice of God.

Uhhh… don’t hold your breath.

We really have a tendency to make “God things” much too complicated.  It is much simpler than that.  Just look at where something takes you.  Look at the trajectory.

Things of Divine origin take us up, beyond ourselves, out not in, and we are better for it.  Things not of Divine origin take us down, feeds our baser nature, spirals us inward and self serving, and we end up worse off.

In the first blog of 2011, I quoted an excerpt from my very first blog (January 4, 2010) so I want to end this New Years kick in the ass with another quote from the same entry.

January 4, 2010 (excerpt)

“I’m getting ready for a journey.  This is not your typical trip with suitcases, tourist brochures and cheesy sunglasses.  The journey is into the unknown, beyond the self I know and this blog is primarily the vehicle.

“The journey is beyond the safe confines of the walled garden of self.  The familiar, safe, cozy world I live in.  But my comfortable world has been disturbed.  Something (or someone) is calling from beyond the wall.  My head is tilted and my curiosity peaked.

“I’m not sure where I’m going.  I’m just going.  All I know is that I’m supposed to go on this walk.  Don’t ask me how I know… I just know.”

Maybe 2011 is your year of journey.  Hopefully, part of your process will be hanging out with me and we can encourage each other along the way.

See you Monday.

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