Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.
This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
A sister in Christ, Leslie Allen, sent me the following devotion written in April by William Vanderbloemen. I have been saving it for a time like this…..my son has spring fever (and so do I)–We have been doing the mundane for so long it seems! Well, God wants us to embrace each day and snap out of our rut! He wants us to live the way He designed us to live–out of the tank–out of our comfort zone (ditch the routine) and jump into the world of adventure–living on purpose to glorify and honor His Majesty! According to Max Lucado–If we find our “sweet spot” we would never consider “settling” inside the tank. Step out of the box friends…….
“Been Out of the Tank Lately?” – by William Vanderbloemen
Yesterday, my six year old and I spent some time walking through a pet store looking around. She has a tremendous heart for animals and loves to browse (pray that we only “browse” when we go!). When we got to the fish section, she asked a great question, “Daddy, don’t the fish get bored swimming in that little tank?” Part of me was proud of her for being so concerned for other creatures. But a much larger part of me was anxiously searching for a good answer….Then I remembered what a friend of mine told me.
When their son was little, he said, “Mom, do you know why it’s not cruel to keep fish in a tank?” Mom said no, and the little boy went on, “I think it’s not cruel because fish don’t have very good memories. I think that by the time they swim from one side of the tank to the other, they forget where they are and start all over. I think they probably believe the tank is the ocean.”
Pretty good wisdom. I told that to my six year old and have thought about it ever since. Fish probably do think that their little tank is actually the big ocean. The truth is, we’re a whole lot like fish. Far too often, we settle for a life in a tank, when God wants us to swim in the whole ocean. Far too often we settle into a rut when God wants us to break into a bigger life than we have imagined.
The Bible claims that humans are different from all other creatures because we were made in God’s image. Something in us bears a mark of the Divine. There have been countless theories about what that mark is. It’s probably many things, but I would leave you with one facet of that mark today. Unlike any other creature, we have the ability to imagine. To dream. To look outside the tank. The first we hear of God, we hear of Him making something out of nothing. We hear of a God who dreams beyond the fish tank.
Have you been outside of the tank lately?
If you’re like me, you find it easy to stay in the tank. If you’re like me, you find yourself on autopilot; – driving in the same traffic ruts and ending up at work when you weren’t really going there, or at home when you were on your way somewhere else. And far too often, that propensity for the tank leads to potential that is never realized. Adventures that are never discovered. Life that is never lived. Some of you know exactly what I mean. Your life has become a drone. You’ve lost a sense of excitement. And you’re dying to know if there’s more to this world than the tank you’re in.
I believe there is. I believe there’s more out there than you’ve thought possible. And I believe God has a word for all of us today; – I believe He’s saying: “Get out of the tank!”
All of the great moments in history have happened when people have humbly decided to get out of their rut. What would have happened if Moses had settled for living as a prince of Egypt? What would have happened if David would have settled for tending sheep? What would life be like if the oldjoke was true, and was the day when Jesus stuck his head out of the tomb, saw his shadow, and went back in for another six weeks?
God wants people who are willing to dream. He wants you to bear the mark of an ocean swimmer and not a tank dweller. He wants people who will humbly ask for an expanded vision of life and follow where it leads.
If you ask Him to expand your world, he will. Get out of the tank. Take time to ask God to help you expand your vision and expand your life. He always, always answers that prayer. Ask him today. He will give you a life with ocean depths of blessing that you never knew possible.
Don’t settle friends…….find your SWEET SPOT and swim the distance, not just to the other side of the tank! DREAM BIG….
To sum up this message, Stacy Crumpton gave me a beautiful picture inscribed with the following words that you may recognize:
DANCE like no one is watching!
SING like no one is listening!
LOVE like you’ve never been hurt before!
LIVE like Heaven begins tomorrow!
WOW…now that’s some fine advice!
Don’t settle friends! Find your SWEET SPOT and swim the distance…not just to the other side of the tank! DREAM BIG…..LIVE LIFE as GOD DESIGNED!