i originally started this blog because i didn’t feel like i was living a very considered life and i wasn’t very satisfied. i felt like life was happening TO me, instead of it being initiated BY me. well, it has been almost 10 months and i have to say, what a journey! my life is very different. i have pursued things that are life giving, found creative outlets that i hadn’t previously explored and i am learning more everyday about myself and god and the kind of life i want to live and person i want to be. it is very exciting.
the coolest thing for me is that ‘staying awake’ runs so much deeper than i had originally intended or thought. to be honest, the title of the blog was–what i thought to be–a witty take on thoreau’s thoughts in walden. and i certainly have been living more deliberately, but, all this week, bible verses have been going through my head and i have been reminded of all the times in the bible that people talk about ‘staying awake’, and ‘waking up’ in the same metaphorical sense as thoreau. and i am getting so stoked. i feel like there is a whole other level to this journey that i didn’t realise was there. like god has just opened up a trap door i hadn’t noticed. what an adventure!
as an action, i decided to look up all the verses in the bible that have the word ‘awake’–in it’s metaphorical sense–in them. whilst perusing i came across this passage in the message and it resonated deep within me. it’s from ephesians 5.
11-16Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.
Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light!
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!
17Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.
18-20Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.
1-2Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.
i think i just found my mission statement.