Resting On Baron’s Couch

 

It seems to happen to each of us some weeks, some months, and some lifetimes!! The pressure builds as a new task is added to our already overflowing plate(s). Our resistance becomes desensitized in the escalation of another demand from life. Who is this ruthless taskmaster we have allowed into our lives? How would the Author of Time respond to seemingly helpless children racing this time baron? If one knows God, what is Him helping and mercy in this issue? The kingpin question above all else is: how much energy drink is this gonna take today??!!!

Summer can be the busiest time of the year. My take is from now (just before Thanksgiving) to the New Year is all encompassing for most people in the busy sense. Busy people could call it the Rose Bowl (the granddaddy of them all) or the Super Bowl of Racing (Daytona). Our entire culture has adapted to this race. Coffee shops everywhere, energy drinks in every store, and the seeking of energy in small bottles, powders, and even from health food sources!!! Whew, it takes lots of energy!! Even our futuristic movies have it woven in with crazy busy flying vehicles, bustling around the overcrowded city. In honesty I can confess this: I am only writing this because I am too tired to do other things!!

Do we all remember the original ‘lie’ about computers? I heard a thousand times…”computers will free up our time for other things”!! Let us all do a hearty ‘silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!”. What have computers/technology actually done? Tapped into our addictive nature and cravings for more! I am not wasting entire days playing Xbox, but plenty are! It is even worse these days, it is in the palm of our hands 24/7 (except perhaps the aforementioned Xbox). Speaking to believers of God here: this is just ‘one’ example of ‘one’ idol that captivates our busy lives!!! I am not one to forego technology either…Bible apps, music apps, satellite radio app, Whatsapp, We Chat, You Tube and all the rest! Use it, but watch the consumption best I can as He leads. There are times I only want to focus on football or music and He grabs my attention with His voice clearly. Point made: sidetracked from the sidetrack.

Can we all see how the enemy (the time baron here) of God twists something good for mans help into a clock race? In this modern era, I have seen many get distracted from true relationship with the Lord due to imbalance of work schedule, selfish pursuits, or lack of discipline. Around all of that are news junkies (recovering one myself!), doodlers, do nothings, do everythings, and just do somethings!! I may have still missed some folks in there LOL. The main point is the design: all draws us away from the depth of relationship He wants us to walk in with Him. The enemy of God doesn’t care HOW he kills, steals, or destroys my friends!

A prime example from everyday life is this. Would the inventors of baseball, football, soccer, and basketball really embrace the games as they are today? Would George Washington, Senor Jefferson, and ol’ Abe love this country in its present state? How would the conversation be amongst Edison, Ford, and Einstein? To quote many a news anchor…’and finally tonight…’ what WILL the conversation with the Father be like about this world and how it affected us?

Depressuralizational Bearings

 

How do we de-pressure life? A wildly large topic to just leap off the bridge into the icy waters with I know, but it is one I have been chewing on for some time. It’s a Wednesday night after Survivor and my wife and I will catch the show called Seal (or Seal team?) before we fade out. It brings me to the point early on here, both shows revolve around pressure in and of themselves. Survivor is the ultimate social pressure game and being special ops military is as we know ‘life altering pressure’. It is plain to me that we all have gifted to us a different level of capabilities in handling pressure naturally. I don’t know about most of you, but this guy already knows if he took his wife on Amazing Race our episode ends with us driving off the cliff after making a tragic wrong turn Thelma and Louise style!!!

If you’ve ever read a single thing I’ve shared, you can probably guess what the other side of the coin is: supernatural! What then is the complex make up of supernatural pressure? I shared in one of the R.W.B. Pearls once about our pressures related to the function of a water heater. The water flows in, it is heated in a tank built for pressurization, and flows on to source out hot water. The main thing you will notice on a standard water heater is the Pressure Relief Valve (I think some call it a T&P also). The pressure from within builds up and basically needs an outlet so the tank doesn’t explode or whatever it would do in failure. The pressure hits a point where it pushes the valve open, but only when that pressure is released.

Our life is similar to that water heater. We are just good ol’ cold water flowin’ chill like the underside of the pillow. We would love to say in this cool state without putting so much hot pressure on us to keep up with all the pressures of life. There are a myriad of pressures: our problems, others problems, our work, our dreams, our attempts to help others, and hello…relationships in general!! The good news is I have found something that has helped me no matter the pressure. There are times I am just wide awake at 2 or 3 in the morning. I can feel when there is pressure going on and what I need to do. I have learned that Jesus wants to take these pressures from me because He has a pressure-less tank! I am able to tell Him my problems, issues, and He gives me peace. Who doesn’t want peace?

This isn’t by any means an easy process! Words cannot describe all I feel at times. There are days I just have to wrestle it out a lot…but if I don’t learn to do that, the pressure just increases. We can all think of someone we know that shows signs of the pressure affecting their lives significantly. If you’ve ever met someone who has faced some serious battles in their lives, how they dealt with (or didn’t) the pressure shaped their path going forward. It all comes to a tipping point: what is your foundation of life set upon? For me personally, I can only see Jesus helping me…I simply can’t see anything else. There are days it takes some time to sort things out, but in that process I learn trust and it leads to peace. I do believe anyone can have the same peace. It doesn’t make thing perfect and off the chain, but it will de-pressurize a lot of the weight you carry.

I do invite you to share what helps you. It’s ok if it’s a little different or you don’t understand Jesus at all (many do not). I know there have been a lot of poor reps for Jesus out there, but I also know Truth is not relative! Thinkin’ this is one of those multi parters my friends. I realized in starting this one it could have went a million directions.

 

R.W.B. Pearls 12-16-17

We have all been encouraged through the faith (church, sermons, etc) to be givers. Sacrificially, completed, as He leads we should give what He asks. But is there anything more disappointing than giving the best gift you have to someone who is bad at receiving? Be a good receiver in Christ! No one should ever doubt any prayer/encouragement they offered you by your response (or lack of one). There have been times I have had to see what God is up against! I told Him once or twice “God I love you so much, but what the blast is wrong with the people here?!!!!”

R.W.B. Pearls 12-2-17 (#3)

 

Everybody here has a passion. We cannot all fully pursue each other’s passions except when the Holy Spirit leads you to. WE MUST know (or learn) who we are in a vacuum (just you and He in the prayer closet peeps!). Meetings are just overflow!!! Do you remember when David tried to wear Saul’s armor? How did that work out? Had to scrap that metal!!! The Word is clear that we are all different functions in the Body…Hand is not foot, foot is not hand. The Body is strong when we all are affirmed at our function in it. I have personally witnessed it too many times…people who don’t totally know who they are in Him try to be a hand or foot because the strong leader is that…8 feet causes stumbling.

R.W.B. Pearls 12-1-17 (#2)

When life gets hard I try to remember that God has His plan and we don’t need to worry how hard life is, because He knows what He’s doing. He has a plan for us and He has it all figured out! No matter how hard, we can believe in Him-God has a plan, knows what we’re doing and what He will do for us.

From a 10 year old!! (Daddy is proud!)