Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Stay Away from Apathy

Today I feel blah. I know that I need to write something so that I can speak to God, but I don’t know where to begin. In truth, I have not inclination to do so; however, I forced myself. I looked up scripture and did not feel moved or touched by anything until I found 1st Thessalonians, chapter five, starting at verse five. It was with those words that I realized I had to put my apathy to rest.

We all have those moments when we go through the motions of life. We go to school, go to work, take care of the family, and live life as if we are on cruise control; we go through the motions of living. There is a level of apathy that is intrinsic in living like that, a detachment that is void of real emotion.

In truth, not only can we become apathetic in our daily lives but it can cross over to our spiritual one as well, affecting the word, our goals, dreams, and reason for living. This lack of zest and emotion is from a dark place. This lack of interest, true excitement is not of God. Imagine if God had an instance of apathy. What if, in the morning, God did not care about the sun rising or about the earth spinning? I’m sure that God does not have to worry about losing the passion for life. However because we are human and perfectly flawed, there are times when our problems or negative feelings will interfere with our natural, God given love of living.

It is hard to maintain a zest for live when everything seems to be going wrong, or things just seem dull and ordinary, or disappointment over failed accomplishments color our vision. However, it is at these times when it is even more important that we force ourselves to be thankful for all the things that we have: for the air we breath, the sun rising, the place we sleep, the taste of our favorite food, the smile of our child, the bond of family, the wonder of site, that song that you love, and so on and so on.

We do not have the luxury of being apathetic nor do we have the right to take for granted the gift of life. Life is too fleeting and too precious to let negative energy and darkness rule, no matter who you are. But for those of us who know Christ, “You are the sons of light and the sons of day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6So, then let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self controlled … putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 1st Thessalonians 5:5-8.
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