"I believe the greatest trick of the devil is not to get us into some sort of evil, but rather have us wasting time."
Time is the most precious commodity we have. It’s the one thing money cant buy – or buy back. Which is why I think that Satan puts so much effort into distracting; he wants us to believe meaningless things for meaningless reasons. Smoke and mirror us until we don’t know up from down. This, in turn, leads us into doing circles in life, leads us staying “busy” but we never really getting anywhere.
When I look at my favorite movies, movies like Meet Joe Black, 300, even Star Wars, I realize a common theme; at any point in the movie I could press pause – and I could tell you exactly what each main character on the screen wanted. I think that not knowing what you want is one of the most dangerous diseases you can have. It leads us to drag our feet. It leads us into wasting time. If a character in a story doesn’t know what he wants, the story drags… and that is exactly how life works as well.
Problem is, I don’t know what I want most of the time. Or maybe, I think I know what I want, and then it turns out to be the worst thing for me. For some reason, the things we want most in life, the things that we think will set us free, are not the things we need…
I used to be afraid of failing at the things that really mattered to me, but now I am more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter at all. Im afraid of succeeding at the things which are killing me – like a junkie to the pipe.
I don’t think people do this knowingly. Most people have their wants set on such things as being loved, not being lonely, finding security, and a bunch of other things that are actually pretty normal wants, and worth pursuing. In fact I think God put those wants in our hearts, which is why most of the time its amazing when we actually get those things.
But sometimes though, things can go horribly wrong, and we end up on our backs, bloody, tired, and angry. I don’t think God is mad at us when that happens, He knew when he made the world that there was going to be pain, and that people were going to get hurt – whether they do it to themselves, or others do it to them. He knew we were going to manipulate our wants into the things that please us, and that we would lie, cheat, and try to get love and respect in inappropriate ways. But I don’t see Him getting pleasure when this happens.
These days, I think that God allows us to try and fill those desires outside of Him, because he knows that when we fail, we will ultimately learn from it. And He will be there to pick us up and carry us away to be healed.
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