Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Scarcity is a Lie - Just Look Up

   I have a point I want to make, so I went to an expert.  I pulled out Stephen Hawking's, A Briefer History of Time.  It is an update to one of the all-time science classics.  Many of us know Hawking, the English theoretical physicist as something of an academic celebrity.  Others know him for the courage he uses to live with significance despite having ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.  Here goes my point...
   We can see about five thousand stars in the sky with our own eyes.  However, these account for only about .0001% of the actual stars in our own galaxy, the Milky Way.  But the Milky Way is itself is but one of more than a hundred billion galaxies that can be seen using modern telescopes, and each one of them contains some one hundred billion stars.  These numbers are staggering.  We all could stand to read them, again, just to try to get our minds around all that our eyes cannot see.
   Which is the stuff of faith, isn't?  Allowing our minds, and our hearts, to reach out and take hold of that which our eyes cannot see.  Hebrews puts it this way,
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen....By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. Hebrews 11:1,3
   The challenge for us in the church is to believe that there is more out there.  Not when it comes to stars, or the planets, mind you.  But that there is enough out there to supply our needs.  Will new people come?  Will they stay?  Will we have enough money?  Enough volunteers?  Will we be able to do what we need to with what we have?  The challenge is to allow ourselves to trust that which we cannot see with our eyes: there is more out there.
   All of this can be summarized by saying we must continually dispel the lie of scarcity that says there will not be enough, and instead embrace the truth that God provides abundantly.  this is as true i your life, in my life, and in our shared lives within God's Kingdom as ever.
   Grace and Peace to you,  Scott

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