That is probably one of the last things on your mind right now. New ideas, plans, dreams. They seem like a foreign idea. I think most of us are just trying to make it through the day without offending someone or talking about Covid-19. We are consumed with controversy and politics and conspiracies. Our tablets scream for our attention and we give it to them over and over again all while our children are growing up in the background. I see it everywhere, and I am just as guilty. Parents pretending like they are watching or listening to their children. Siblings not interacting except to fight over electronics or snacks. Spouses sitting right next to one another staring blankly at a screen, scrolling and consuming their minds with things they really don’t care about.
to have new ideas when the world around us is cramming our minds full of anxiety, worry, confusion, malice, and division? I have found myself in a state of “just getting through the day” which has turned into “just getting through the week” which inevitably has turned into “just getting through the months” so that hopefully I can “just make it through the year”. I deactivated my facebook. It was stealing my inspiration. It was causing too much division in my heart and in my soul. I wasn’t focusing on the inspiration that was right in front of me all along. The problem isn’t that there aren’t things we can dream about anymore or that the world has emptied itself of new possibilities and adventures. The problem is that we have let our enemy STEAL the potential of them right out from under us. The sad thing is we haven’t even fought back. It is almost as if we just handed all of the positivity right over to him.
It wasn’t on the rectangular screen. It was on the people I was pretending to pay attention to behind the rectangular screen. I am trying to become a dreamer again. I am trying to ignore all of the negativity more without being completely removed from what is happening in the world and focus more on what is happening in the world God has made me responsible for. I am responsible for my family. I am responsible for what they learn and the atmosphere they grow up in. I am responsible for giving them the love and attention they need. I am responsible for providing a safe place for them. I am responsible for showing them how to set goals and meet them. God has given me the task of showing them, to the best of my ability, what it looks like to love Him and live a life that honors our Holy God. I have to teach them how to carry their cross. It is my job to show them how to keep the hope and joy of Jesus central and alive in the midst of a world that is cramming the opposite in front of them every day.
My dreams are connected to them. My new ideas are to benefit the people I love. I don’t want to live my days staring into a screen. I want to live my days staring into the faces God has blessed me with and sharing with them our Glorious Christ.