I don't know why, but being sick brings you to a really reflective mood. Maybe that's just me. Its been exactly a week since i discussed the topic of the title of this post
set·tle1 | ˈsedl/
resolve or reach an agreement about (an argument or problem).
adopt a more steady or secure style of life, especially in a permanent job and home.
sit or come to rest in a comfortable position.
We all know the first two most common uses of the word settle, but I feel like this society, this western culture have overlooked the third definition. Come to rest in a comfortable position. We could look at it as not only being comfortable but also as being satisfied. After a nice drive to Muskoka, with some sweet company and great conversation, I have come to the conclusion that this western world never settles, and in doing that we are harming ourselves.
(Alex what do you mean) - Let me explain myself.
According to multiple online sources, the average Canadian has about 7-9 jobs in their lifetime. This rate has increased over the past century growing from 5% of the population to 25% of the population. That's a pretty staggering statistic if you compare it to the rest of the data. Numbers aside, what I'm trying to get at is, we as people get bored, we hunger for more, for better, for what "bring the dough" home. When we get sick and tired of one job we move on to the next one. When we see a bigger and better opportunity, we dare not let it pass us up. We are always reaching to be the "greatest", or the most of abilities or what we were "made for". You here the quote, "be the best version of yourself."
You can only imagine how people transfer this to other aspects of their life.
"I'll get the better car, I'll build the best house, this lady or man I'm hanging out isn't good enough, I'm going to ditch them for a better one, this schooling I'm taking isn't the great, I'll try a better more put-together university."
And then we do the same thing with God, "I think I'll find a better God, one who caters to my needs, and helps me out and loves what I want to do."
We never settle. We never are satisfied, with what we have, with what God has blessed us with.
Proverbs 27:20 says that "...the eyes of man are never satisfied" when describing about boasting in "tomorrow", something that we aren't guaranteed. But how often do we go on living like we think we have tomorrow and the next week and month planned out. ( I am the first to admit, I'm guilty of doing that.)
So I got thinking, why don't I ever settle? Why don't people settle? Why don't we settle for our Dodge Grand Caravans and our townhouses. Why don't we settle for our high school sweethearts, or the first person that God sends our ways. I get standards and holding them up, but once you get too picky, I think its hard to honour God when you've set yourself limits on who you think is right for yourself as opposed to who God thinks the right one is for you. (Even though we know, He knows better than we do). Why don't we settle for our normal grocery stores, and not these fancy "food boutiques" that beg for attention because of "quality" and then overcharge people, when they can plant their own good food, and settle. When we continue not to settle, we begin to set expectations for the "next best thing", but what happens when that same, "next best thing" doesn't provide us with something actually better? We get hurt, we get depressed, we get angered, we go to different substances to fill the void of the "better", we harm ourselves.
Is that right of us to do that to ourselves? Why don't we settle for the Lord, his Word, and it alone.
Why do we complicate the Word, and even distort it to fit our circumstances, rather than settle our circumstances over the Word itself? Why do we try to change what God says about who we should be and overcomplicate the simplicity of his commands?
John 14:15 Jesus says it clearly and simply, "If you love me, keep my commands". Is there anything mystical or empirical or systematic about that sentence? NO. Is there something more to this verse, to this statement? NO. Did Jesus put a footnote to explain, the better that comes after this statement? NO.
I think you get the point that as followers of Christ, we must be careful not to overthink the simple commands of Christ. Just by going back to the basics of taking the Whole Word, on its own, no false doctrine, no external third party commentaries, we begin to reverse the effects of sin on our flesh that always craves more. Trying to be somebody we were never mean't to be, to impress someone who will never be better than the previous person, only leads to pain when all fails.
I know for me, after that talk last Sunday, my soul has changed its perspective on my look on life and how to live it. I know whatever comes my way its for a purpose, and that if its what I'm given, I will gladly take it and be satisfied. Keep his commands, and rest on Christ and Christ alone. That and nothing else.
In other news...
If you haven't got a chance to listen to The Presa Collective Podcast Episode 1 yet, go check it out at www.soundcloud.com/alex-presa
As well as Episode 2 will be out soon, featuring our first special guest Renee Pare, all the way from Guelph, so go show some love to that, when it comes out.
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Our music is still in the process of being lyrically created, as well as visually and instrumentally, but its coming along so stay tuned for more updates for that.
I got the chance to meet one of my all time favourite bands Colony House, and be their merchandise seller so I will be writing a post about that experience sometime this week, so stay tuned for that!
Stay tuned for some great content, photos, projects, and much more in the future, and until then, peace be to you all, have a great start to your week.