Spiritual ADD

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Have you been diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)?  Has someone you know been diagnosed?  We live in a society where we are constantly entertained, stimulated and wowed.  We are constantly looking for the next big thing:  the newest technology, new graphics on a TV or movie, the newest and greatest i-phone.  It started when we were little, and we are doing it to our children at an alarming rate:  constant stimulation.  The baby is crying, so we will try everything we can to get him to stop crying.  Food, bouncing, silly faces, music, which progresses into television, more toys, ipads, playing with mommy’s phone.  Being bored seems to be our greatest fear, and in striving to provide for our children what we never had, we develop expectations within them that the world will amuse and entertain us constantly.

I am convinced that this hard wiring in our psyches is transferred into our Spiritual hearts and expectations as well.  It is many people’s greatest concern that eternity in the New Earth will be boring.  I mean, are we really going to sit around and just sing to God all day every day?

Let us consider two things.  Firstly, we all realize that constant stimulation is a bad thing.  It leads to problems like ADD where we medicate ourselves in order to calm down and focus on the task at hand.  We have to rest.  God created us as creatures that need to sleep one third of our lives.  One third!  We are so finite that we have to go into a state of unconsciousness for eight out of twenty-four hours every. single. day.  Sure, many of us do not get the recommended eight, some of us get nine or ten.  But on average, in order to maintain a healthy and functioning body, we must let it rest.

We also know that if we cannot focus and complete a task, we cannot earn an income and survive.  Yes, there are a few people who make their living in the entertainment industry, those random video game testers who play for hours a day, but even in those seemingly free roles, there is focus and intentionality.  Video game testers have to play video games for hours upon hours.  They are not free to go wherever the wind blows them.  Actors and actresses have to learn scripts and work hard on the set.  Comedians have to create their jokes and rehearse.  No one, aside from the rare trust fund baby, has the freedom to float through life.  And it is through accomplishment that one grows, feels a sense of purpose and makes life worthwhile.

Why, then, would we expect Spiritual maturity and success to be attained flippantly?  To just peruse a scripture here and there, listen to a spiritual song on my way to work, pray when I find myself in a jam, and go to church on Sunday – if I feel like it.  We learn, we force ourselves to focus and concentrate on work, on chores, on life’s necessities and yet we neglect our Spirituality and just play at it, until we are stimulated.  Spiritual growth and life takes dedication and work!

Now, the other side of the coin is the fact that Jesus created everything that is.  Everything.  In a moment He spoke the entire galaxy into existence.  In one day he created every living animal that roams the Earth.  He dreamed up the oceans, the mountains, the skies, the deserts, and every nook and cranny therein.  He created billions of individual people, thousands of languages, and established the scientific laws which allowed for the development of every form of technology.  His imagination is infinitely bigger than anything we could ever dream up.

Jesus made this profound statement to His followers:

“I came that [you] may have life, and have it abundantly.”

– John 10.10

Jesus came to give us life to the fullest.  And the fullest life, forever.  Eternally.  There is no end to it.  What, exactly, is the fullest life?  It is the most satisfied.  We only catch a glimpse of it here on Earth as we continue to battle our flesh, press on to maturity and seek after God.  Yes, we are fully satisfied, but abundant, eternal life will blow our minds.  And it will blow our minds because we will be in the presence of Almighty God.  He, Himself, is infinite and it will take eternity to get to know him.

So let’s learn to discipline ourselves now, to dedicate time to God in reading and memorizing the Scriptures, in prayer, in pouring our out hearts to Him and in spending intentional time with Him, getting to know Him.  Let’s also learn to enjoy Him in our day-to-day, and experience the satisfaction and pleasures that He offers through peace, comfort, understanding, and also the awe and wonder in enjoying His creation.  But let’s also understand that God created adventure, diversity, the universe, skiing, rock climbing, and let’s look forward to the infinite reality that is eternity with Him, in which we will never be bored, but we will always be amazed at Him, His depths, and His creation!

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen.

– Eph 3.20-21

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