The Drifter’s Reality
We all know who the drifters are. People who do not seem to have a clue of what they should be doing. Early in my life, I was one with them. Like sheep who wander away, munching the grass and after a while they look around and see they are far from the flock. The drifters say; “How did I get here?” Each doesn’t really know because their not paying attention.
There will always be those who drift through life. Just don’t be one of them.
Jesus tells the story of the ‘lost sheep’ in Luke 15. The shepherd notices a wandering sheep, goes after and carries him back to the flock. Great story pointing out the everlasting love of God Himself.
However, my thought is, the sheep did not have to get lost in the first place. He simply wasn’t paying attention! We do not have to get lost. I’m not just talking about being lost without salvation, it’s also about the life we live now.
Drifting through reality
Some people are not paying attention to where they are at this juncture of their life. They are not in touch with their own reality. So, they continue to drift.
Are you where you want to be;
in your relationships?
with your job?
with your spouse and family?
Think about it, you primarily, are in charge of making changes. But only if you are paying attention.
Years ago, my wife and I spent some time in London, England. In our travels around the city, we often took the Underground, That’s what they call their subway system. Every time we entered the train we heard a voice repeat this line; “Mind the gap, Mind the gap”. Which meant to pay attention to the space between the car and the train platform. I thought of the gap between my present reality and where I would like it to become in the future.
I would have to stop the drift and become intentional in my pursuit of a new reality.
Actually, you cannot change reality, it is what it is.
The reality of the drifter is, you guessed it, drifting, not paying attention. But we can move into a new reality by the wilful use of intentionality in our choices. I have a template which can make a radical difference in your life.
Take one whole day, get away in a quiet place and give a thought to the three questions in this template.
Before beginning it is important for you to consider two steps.
1. You must sincerely want to stop the ‘drift’.
2. Pray, asking God to open your thoughts for real, life-changing results.
First; my disclaimer: I did not develop this template.
This template is first mentioned in the Bible’s book of Genesis chapter 3 in verses 9 to 13. Within these verses is the record of God asking three main and important questions to Adam and Eve.
These questions are as relevant today as they were when first asked by God Himself.
These 3 questions if answered honestly, by you, can change your life.
1. Where are you?
Are you satisfied with your place in life, your marriage, your job, your health?
2. Who are you listening to?
Are you listening to positive, interesting people, reading meaningful writings, thoughtfully responding to insightful questions?
3. What are you prepared to do with what you now know?
Will you take action immediately or will you once again hesitate?
When we desire change for the better in our lives it demands intentionality. If we do not act, change will happen none-the-less, which means the ‘drift’ will continue.
Think about it: No one drifts towards improvement!
Moving towards; The Richer Side of Life.