One of my favorite true stories has always been the journey Christopher McCandless took to Alaska. Most of you know his story from either Jon Krakauer’s book or Sean Penn’s movie of his life as portrayed in, Into the Wild. If you are unfamiliar with this story I highly encourage you to read and/or view it. I admire the commitment Christopher had toward reaching Alaska and surviving on his own there. For one, I love the idea of just leaving what you know as your comfort zone and putting yourself totally out of your element. But what I really love about Christopher is the full on, all in, no holding back commitment he had toward reaching Alaska.
Christopher’s commitment to his dream is the same commitment we should have as followers of Christ. I look back on when Jesus was calling his first disciples.
“18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fisherman. 19 Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ 20 They immediately left their nets and followed him. 21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.”
– Matthew 4:18-22 (NKJV)
When Jesus called upon them they did not hesitate or question him. The wholeheartedly believed and followed him. Leaving their comfort zones and all they knew to follow Jesus.
We often say when Jesus calls us we will do the same, but is that in fact true of yourself? Commonly many picture Jesus calling us to do something big like how God called upon Moses, revealing himself through the burning bush. I think this is the wrong mindset to be in. If you wait around for a burning bush calling, you will miss the gentle breeze callings.
Let me explain.
When I talk about a burning bush calling, I mean a calling that you can’t miss. Like you physically hear the voice of God calling upon you and you see his glory. From my walk I’ve learned that does not happen all the time. Those burning bush moments may only come upon us once if that. We all look for God to work through us as he did through Moses and the many people he has used through history. To lead nations and perform miracles. Most of the time though, he calls upon us softly and for other purposes. That’s what I mean by a gentle breeze calling. It may just be a feeling in our gut or just the inception of a small thought in our mind. Yet no matter how small the calling, God has a purpose behind it. He may just call upon you to pray in your small group time. As small as a task as that may seem, he has a plan behind it. That prayer could inspire or encourage someone to reach out to someone they know to come to Christ. That person could then go on to spread The Word out in their community which in turn could lead a business to sponsor a mission to aid another country. You never know how big of a ripple that small prayer could cause.
God has a divine plan for each and everyone of us. No doubt. If we present ourselves ready for his call, we must answer all his calls, big and small. Because we do now know the plans he has laid out for us, but we must trust in him and believe he will use us for his will.
He may call upon you to really drop everything, leave your job and home to follow him and do his will. Or he may simply call upon us to pray. However he calls upon you, always answer his call with the same full on, all in, no holding back commitment Christopher and Jesus’ disciples had.
I have often hoped and believed that I have that type of commitment. I think it is now time from me to weigh and measure myself. To see if I have that strong commitment, and if not, then to grow that strong commitment to my lord and savior.
“Ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you .”
– Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye
And so it begins.
On November 25th, 2013, I start my journey away from technology and move toward a better understanding. Along this journey I hope to not only gain a much deeper appreciation for the common everyday technological tools I use, but to also gain a deeper relationship with my lord and savior. I know this journey will not be entirely easy and that I am flawed. Nevertheless I will keep my head forward, my eyes to the stars, and my feet moving.
I will only use the necessary technologies I need to carry out the commitments I have. I will only use this blog to post my progress as a live journal.
Goal for this week: Grow closer to my family.
Time Goal: Make it to Christmas.
Continued prayer would be very much appreciated.
Thank you all!
“Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.”