There are twenty four hours in every day. It has been this way for as long as the earth has revolved round the sun. Never has there been more time, and never will there be less. This is what humanity has had to work with, and our task has been to accomplish things within this day long period. But I am bad at using days. I spend too much time convincing my self that I should go and get something done. And I believe my self, but I need to finish this T.V. program first. I rationalize, excuse, and in the end waste day after day after day. It’s called apathy, and I would define it as the opposite of love.
I Corinthians 13.4-7 “Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Love is something foreign to me and my natural state of existence… I am too easily fooled by sex and drink and my life too quickly becomes content making mud-pies in the gutter because I have no idea what a holiday at sea is like. I don’t even try to look beyond, because I would miss my T.V. program (which I really don’t like anyways!). Distraction is not even the problem; the root of my problem is that I don’t even try.
All this leads me to a place of despair, a place I am familiar with, and (ironically enough) usually leads to more of the apathetic behavior that spawns this downward fall into the abyss of helplessness, depression, and hypocrisy. But their has to be a way out, there has to be something that can awaken the drive in me to want to move beyond all this lethargy and useless non-motion!
Psalm 51.10-12 “Create for me a pure heart! Transform me and give me integrity! Do not reject me! Do not take your Holy Spirit away from me! Let me again experience the joy of your deliverance! Sustain me by giving me the desire to obey!”
But why should God answer my prayer, after all I am the one who is just sitting around like a bump on a log. I am the one who constantly chooses to not spend time with Him. I am the one who can’t even want enough to get up off my couch and act in some way shape or form! Why should God give me a “steadfast and willing spirit”?
God is everything I am not: God is love! That is why… and even more than that, He has displayed to me what love is that I might know it and act in it.
1 John 4.9 “By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
For me, this is the ultimate verse in scripture: God knows how apathetic I am, and so He lets me know how much
So, I know that I need something put into me so that I want to choose, so that I want to love. And if God has given everything to choose me, why should I be hesitant to ask and receive it, that I might choose Him? And from this place of being sustained by a spirit that wants to obey, that wants to choose, I can live and not just exist.