Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, April, 2014

posted Mar 31, 2014, 1:22 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 1:22 PM ]

What Has Your Attention?

     Author Isaac Asimov (1920-92) was one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. Although Asimov was known widely for works of science fiction, his books have been published in 9 of the 10 major classifications within the Dewey Decimal System.


    Barbara Walters in an interview with this noted author asked him, after he had told her how many books he had written, “Don’t you ever want to do anything but write?” His answer was, “No.” Unsatisfied with that answer, Walters pressed him, “Don‘t you want to go hunting, fishing, dancing, or hiking?” This time he answered her even more unequivocally, “No! No! No! And no!”


    Barbara Walters continued, “But what would you do if the doctor gave you only six months to live?”


    He said, “Type faster." it's rather obvious that Isaac Asimov spent his life doing what he loved.


    Unfortunately, there are those people who find no satisfaction or joy from the work they do to  make a living.  Consequently they live for weekends and holidays. They may feel trapped and believe they can't make a meaningful change because they lack appropriate skills, education, money or favorable circumstances. So they make the choice to dig in and keep on slogging forward.


    That may or may not be wrong, but one has to think that too often they've given up on unrealized dreams. What kinds of hopes, dreams and aspirations do we have as Christians?


    Leaving the safety of what is known and venturing into the unknown can be scary, but may also be one of the best decisions a person can make. Obviously, leaving behind what feels secure and following the beckoning of our hearts doesn‘t always end as we expect or hope. We may even fail. On the other hand we may achieve something amazing and wonderful and immensely satisfying. Are you ready to chase a dream?


    I recommend the approach to life suggested in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount at the end of Matthew 6. “Don't you think God will do his best for you? I‘m trying to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God‘s giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things... Don‘t worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human needs will be met.


    “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don‘t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes” (Mt. 6:30. The Message).


    Have a blessed Easter Season,


George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries