Sunday night was horrible. I went to bed at the normal time and fell asleep as normal. But at 1am I awoke with my brain buzzing about different things I need to do. I have a pad and pen beside my bed just for that reason. Not so I can doodle, but so I can write down what my brain is thinking about so I won’t forget it in the morning. I have found that this enables me to relax again because I know I won’t forget it.
The problem on Sunday night was that every time I wrote something down my brain started thinking about something else. Grrr. All my body wanted to do was sleep. All my brain wanted to do was to think. Why were they so far out of synch?
Eventually my body won and my brain gave up. Some may say that it has not resumed thinking since. On Sunday morning we concluded our series looking at the Fruit of the Spirit. One of the things I was saying was that we need to be in synch with the Spirit. Paul writes of keeping “in step with the Spirit”. The image that came to me was of running a distance race. We should not go off so fast that we burn out, but we should not go so slowly that we lose touch. We should keep pace with the Spirit of God.
How do we do that? Well the answer is predictable but one we often ignore. Frequently be in conversation with God by reading the Bible, praying, worshipping… Listen as well as speak in our prayers. Find companions in the faith to encourage and help you.
It’s not rocket science. But if you feel out of synch with the Spirit and you are aware that he is not bearing spiritual fruit in you at the moment I reckon you can start your analysis of the problem with a look at how close you are to him. Are you keeping pace?
Not sure what the link is to this joke, but I like it!
Two guys are bungee-jumping one day. The first guy says to the second, “You know, we could make a lot of money running our own bungee-jumping service in Medico.” The second guy thinks this is a great idea, so the two pool their money and buy everything they’ll need – a tower, an elastic cord, insurance, etc.
They travel to Mexico and begin to set up on the square. As they are constructing the tower, a crowd begins to assemble. Slowly, more and more people gather to watch them at work.
The first guy jumps. He bounces at the end of the cord, but when he comes back up, the second guy notices that he has a few cuts and scratches. Unfortunately, the second guy isn’t able to catch him. He falls again, bounces, and comes back up again. This time he is bruised and bleeding.
Again, the second guy misses him. The first guy falls again and bounces back up. This time, he comes back pretty messed up – he’s got a couple of broken bones and is almost unconscious. Luckily, the second guy finally catches him this time and says, “What happened? Was the cord too long?”
The first guy says, “No, the cord was fine, but what is a pinata?”