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On Good Friday 2017, someone chained a cross to the fence on Gay Street in NYC. 3 days later, they put it on Micah Latter’s gate- so she bought some Champagne, texted ‘we’re rainbow painting the cross’ to the neighbors, and over 50 people came to help. They also superglued the locks to keep the cross in place, because it 'belongs to the street now.’ Source Source 2

These days my prayers sound a lot like a person who can’t really speak clearly because they’re having such bad anxiety because really, that’s me, and I’m the one trying to communicate with God… praying that my shaky voice and gibberish is clear enough for God to understand… but just the thought of all of this as I type it out in this post has me thinking about how God already knows. HOW DID WE GET SO BLESSED with a God who knows our hearts inside and out, and who knows our words before we even articulate them. Lord, you know me. You know the future. Help me to lay my worries at Your feet, for only You can calm the storms raging inside me.

An epidemic of complacency

I’m going to share a little secret with you about humanity. Well, it’s not so much a secret considering it’s an extremely obvious and loud truth, but humanity and myself included in this statement, has become so complacent when it comes to Jesus.

Like seriously, I often get to the end of the day and remember Jesus and am like ‘oh yeah… hey God, sorry i forgot about you today’ when i may have legitimately been busy but i would have spent ages that day browsing on social media instead of even considering about spending some time with my saviour who literally died for me. It’s awful and shameful how complacent I have become about the love God has for me and how swept up in unimportant things I can get. My priorities are naturally not right and I’m sure I’m not alone in this.

Humans have been showing signs of complacency and apathy since way back. You can take one look at the story of Moses and the Israelites wandering through the desert and see that this is an epidemic that started way back. The Israelites had a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night that went ahead of them and showed them the way to the promised land. They had a tangible and visual expression that Jesus was with them and they still became complacent and melted all their gold to make themselves a golden calf to worship rather than pay attention to the one leading them through a potentially deadly desert.

We may mock the Israelites for this moment of extreme weakness but we are often no better. I find that in seasons of hardship and pain that I rely on God way more than I do when everything is relatively good. But should this be the case? Should I neglect my God and try handle things on my own even when the season is relatively peaceful? My answer to this is no. God deserves our constant love and more than a one sided relationship.

This is an epidemic and I honestly am going to bite back my pride here and say that social media and technology has a big part to play in this in today’s world. Yes, that’s right, a blogger just criticised all social media, but as a Christian who is trying to get healing over this epidemic that has me in its grasp I feel that I needed to share this as I’m sure some of you will recognise this in your lives too.

I’m not saying quit social media, I’m simply encouraging that we all take a look at our habits and see how much time we are spending on mundane things rather than turning our attention to the author and creator of our very being.

The internet and social media are great, as are other interests and distractions but nothing will ever compete with the completeness and fullness we find in spending time with our Jesus.

He adores His children, but I can feel His heart is slightly broken at our complacency that has been an epidemic in the making since the Israelites and their golden calf. He just wants us to come spend time with Him, even when it’s busy, even when you’re smooth sailing. He is always important, He is always waiting for our prayers.

-31women (Gabi)

tfw you’re listening to a Christian radio show and someone calls in and describes the exact symptoms of sleep paralysis while claiming that it was a demon attack -_-