Cares of This World
This might be an unpopular post, but indulge me all the way through.
2020 has been quite the year. From COVID-19 to political unrest to social injustice, we've all been consumed by the reality of the year. We've possibly even been distracted from the goals we set out for ourselves at the beginning of the year.
When you started in 2020, you likely had specific goals that you wanted to achieve. In the 10th month, almost the 11th, an assessment could present as though Q2 & Q3 never existed. But if we're honest with ourselves, there is nothing new under the sun, and this year is not an exception to that. All these "unforeseen" and "unexpected" factors are merely distractions from what should indeed be important to us: your God-given goals and objectives, God's plans and purposes for your life. Many of us have been distracted from God's plan on where we are to maximize the skills and talents He has bestowed upon you.
Here's what's interesting about the cares of this world, they are often important things. In most cases, they are issues that could make or break the future of a group of people. They are concerns that many should be heartbroken about, matters needing attention, and affairs requiring to be tendered to, but are they issues God has asked you to champion? Do you know what part you are to play in the struggle? Are you taking on someone else's God-given objectives and goals? Are you to be the MLK, Reverend Abernathy, or Jesse Jackson? Or have you shifted focus to another's post, leaving yours for the enemy to attack from another vantage point?
What are some of these cares? Shall we say social injustice, climate control, poverty, bad governance, and domestic violence, to name a few? It will be unpopular to ignore issues like these, and it should be undesirable to do so. These issues need both our individual and our collective attention. Still, to what degree should you, the soldier on guard, play a role in access to emergency medical care that a Physician should be responsible for? We should all call out injustice when
we see it, we must all advocate for communal values that make this world a better place for all, but should we lose sight of what's placed before us as individuals in the collective battle we all fight?
Mark 4:19 tells us that "...the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful." This passage explained the parable of the sower, where God's Word was planted on several grounds, but The Word planted on thorns were choked by the cares of this world. When God speaks into your life and declares your destiny to be a specific path, but you pursue another, it is as though the cares of this world choked The good Word out of your life. The cares of this world are continually choking some of our goals, objectives, and God's plans for us.
Passion is essential in getting things done, and I see many of us with an intense passion for social justice, political unrest, and poverty alleviation. Still, when we channel our God-given passion to areas not designed for us, we might have taken a detour on the journey to our destiny.
Check Your Passion! Channel Your Passion! Be Intentional About Your Passion!
You are not to fight every battle; you are to fight the fight you are equipped for. You are not to rage every war, you are to rage the action you are commissioned for, you are not to let the wave and winds of the community distract you from God's plans for your life, you are to stay focused on your God-given agenda. Live your full existence on purpose, not dependent on the wind of the day, but on the compass set before you.