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Friday, February 1, 2013

Putting The Flavor Back In Your Gum

Sometimes it's the reason we want to look for a new job.  Sometimes it's the reason we want a new spouse.  Sometimes it's the reason we wake up one morning and wish we could just have a new life altogether.

We are looking for something new, something fresh.  Our lives seem tasteless -- like a used piece of chewing gum.  "Where is the flavor in my life??" we ask ourselves.

Some of us learn to live with stale.  Others decide to take matters into their own hands and end up being destructive.  They go wild and spend their savings.  They find themselves in an affair.  They may pull away and detach themselves emotionally from their spouse and children in an effort to regain what they think they lost in living a mundane life.  They say to themselves, "There must be more to life than this!"

Bingo.

Life without God breathing through it will only feel satisfaction for a short time.  And when life gets stale, we get restless.  The 'gum' in our mouth is no longer enjoyable.  We get tired of chewing it.  We want something fresh.  So, like jumping onto a new roller coaster, we jump into that 'fresh thing' to give us what we are looking for.  But, eventually, that ride comes to an end, too, and we find ourselves saying once again, "What's next?  What else is there?  This roller coaster has lost its thrill.  It's getting boring, actually."

But, a life that seeks God daily finds an unlimited amount of Newness each morning.  When we drink of its Water/its Wine, we realize that we don't have to go any further to find what we have been looking for.  Though life in the natural may still be the same, there are always new things God is ready to show us and a new Joy that He wants to put in our step.  He is able to take our plain, mundane lives and put Joy in it again, put Hope in it again, put Reason and Purpose in it again. 

God can put the Flavor back in your gum.

 

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