Be the better person, find yourself, help your self- esteem, become who you truly are. As I was sitting on the couch, I heard these words from three consecutive advertisements for products on television and not from some Christian program.
But they spoke to me. God can use words from programs, words on billboards, things we see, we hear or music on the radio to get our attention.
The Holy Spirit tries to speak to us even when we are not listening.
For some of us a whisper, a calling within us is enough.
For others it’s the ‘Mack Truck’ experience that is needed. This is described really well in the New Testament in the book of Acts, with Saul’s conversion. Saul was not going to listen to someone telling him. Remember he was at St Stephen’s martyrdom. He did not listen then to his conscience. He needed a knock off a horse, a ‘Mack truck’ head-on collision to take notice. Saul became Paul, one of the most audacious evangelists for the growing Christian Church.
It is no different for each of us.
Our glorious God who loves us totally will send whispers or will send Mack trucks to reach us for the first time and any other time He desires to talk to us.
Hopefully, as we become more Christ-like we will hear the whispers of the Spirit guiding us and not need a Mack truck to be sent our way. But I know sometimes how stubborn I am. How proud I am in different areas of my Life. How weak I am in some areas of my Life, to not listen at times to the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes it seems easier not to change. I’m lazy. I want the easy route every time. Doing a workout in the gym tells me this.
But I’ll never achieve what I desire without change and definitely it does not make me happy to stay mediocre.
I am called (just like in the ads) to be the best Me.
Only knowing God and loving Him will bring eternal peace and joy to me.
That’s what Lent is all about – changing, becoming who we were originally created and called to be, so we find out that “…God so loved the world (us) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. ”
PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. Help me to pay attention and hear your whisperings or your Mac truck collisions if that is what I need because I want to become the best me, living my life to the full. Amen