At the intersection of hope & despair

At the intersection of hope and despair, take the uphill road to hope, not the downhill road to despair. You’re alive; be delighted. Let God shine in and delight up the darkness in your heart.

I’m not interested in apathy. I want God’s fire continually blazing in my soul.

The voice of apathy lazily mumbles sweet nothings. Indifference is okay with whatever. Apathy speaks: “I can take it or leave it,” “Whatever,” “Either way,” “It doesn’t matter,” “I’m fine with that,” “No big deal.”

Christ sets people free from the gravitational pull of indifference and sends them soaring with love and compassion. You can’t follow Jesus if you won’t continually take steps in His direction. When Jesus (the Light of the world) becomes your delight, joy will freely flow from within you.

Getting to know people heart-to-heart is an antidote to indifference. Another way to attack apathy is by watching or reading something that has touched your heart in the past. When your heart and your conscience are at odds, follow your conscience.

You can’t work up apathy, but you can play it down by taking the field for a just cause (whether you feel like it or not). It’s impossible to be involved and indifferent at the same instant.

Perhaps mundane, passive, apathetic church meetings are not a good witness for Christianity. Following Jesus is a lifetime process. It’s not just a short walk down a church aisle to repeat a prayer after a preacher. Jesus said His followers should “endure to the end.” True Christianity involves lifetime follow through. (See Matthew 24:13.)

If you faithfully let the risen Jesus be your “sense of direction,” your life will daily unfold in ways that amaze you. I find the best wine to help me is the “new wine” of the Holy Spirit. There’s nothing like God’s holy inebriation. Let the God of all Creation fill you with His inebriation and delight will hang over your heart as when you’re playing with a puppy.

The only people who think the Bible is uninteresting are those who have never read it. Take a look in the Book and see! Christ calls us from our comfort zone to His humble zone.

I lasso, tie up, and drive out every ungodly thought faster than a rodeo calf roper. Ignore temptations, distractions, insults, and anything else that tries to get you off track of a positive, healthy life.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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