Perhaps sometimes, you need to wake up from reality.
Two things came to me late last week and over the weekend that changed my perspective and convinced me that it’s time to let things go and move forward. First was a Joyce Meyer message I was watching Thursday while Rick was at the lodge. While the message on belonging to God was an important reminder, it was something she said that made me pause: “God wants you to step into the light.” It made me realize that while I’ve been walking in faith, I don’t think I’ve really been in the light in over a year and a half. Grief never goes away, but it’s time to let go of what it did to me and move on into the “after.” It’s time to go of the confusion, anger, sadness, and questions. It’s time to trade all of that for acceptance, contentment, and joy in the life I have right now.
The second thing was running across a video for the Lamb of God song “Memento Mori.” It's really about addition to technology, but I think it accurately reflects how all of us feel with this COVID pandemic changing the world. Nothing is what it used to be, but it’s time to wake up from the nightmare of shock and build a new reality.
I’ve had two people ask me recently what there is to look forward to. My answer: I don’t know, but we’re still here, so there’s hope. COVID was like the Perfection Game popping and throwing us all of of our molds. The problem is that the game board broke, and there's no mold to go back to. What do we do? We create a new mold through doing the right thing each day. It’s our job to appreciate our blessings and work it out. Since we don’t know what’s possible in the “big picture,” then we have to start with the small, everyday things and do what you can. Get up, get dressed, go to work, take care of your family and home, tend to your business, repeat the next day. And the day after that. And every day, until opportunities and possibilities emerge from walking faithfully in doing your best every day.
It’s strange to get a message from a Christian message and a heavy metal video, but the world is strange and they do go together nicely. It’s time for all of us to wake up, and walk into the light.
So folks, it’s time to lay aside the victim. We can only find our victory if we finally wake up from nightmare reality to the light of possibility. So do it. Wake up. It's time to wake up from that nightmare, and create the dream of the reality we want.
I’ll see you in the light, my friends.
That's all today. Take care, and have a great week.