I’m showing my age, but do you remember when Sears decided to revamp their image and rebrand? They came out with the slogan “The Softer Side of Sears.” They were attempting to tap into the clothing market by reminding people that they sold more than appliances. I thought it was catchy, but I don’t think it worked for a variety of reasons that aren’t the point of this blog.
The slogan is brilliant, especially when we apply it to ourselves. I think out of a defensive position, may people have become prickly. We can’t keep up with the pace and quantity of information being thrown at us on a daily basis, and the truth is harder and harder to find. Who can we trust? Well Fox Molder from X-Files would tell you to “trust no one!” I think this mindset makes us pull in, shut the blinds and hunker down. We’re becoming an every-man, every-woman and every-child -for-themselves nation, and it isn’t how it should be.
I found myself getting irritated easily and realized I was spending way too much time listening to the news media when I should be spending time with God. I call it going vertical so that I can give horizontally. I know it’s a corny phrase from the Blues Brother’s movie, but we really are on a mission from God. We are His agents on the ground, and we need to show our softer side. People don’t like to hug porcupines!
I recently watched Skyfall again, and within the first 15 minutes of the movie, “M” is telling Bond to jump on a moving train. He simply responds with “Yes, ma’am” (sounds like mom with a British accent, though) and proceeds to jump on a moving train! He doesn’t question the request nor does he doubt his ability to do the task. No, he jumps on the flippin moving train!
How can Bond know so distinctly that he can do what is asked of him? He is equipped and prepared. For us to be God’s agents, we need to do the same. In our case, though, it isn’t how many pull ups we can do or how fast we can run but how close to God’s heart are we. After watching the movie, I realized I needed to soften my heart to God’s purpose and plan.
Sure, I can know God’s word backwards and forwards, but if I am short, curt or distracted, the message will be distorted. Worse, it may not be received at all. Our actions are heard way more than the words we choose to speak. People see God in and through us.
In this chaotic, upside-down world, we must protect our time with God. Every force is working against us trying to pull us as far away from God as possible. Although they can be used for good, social media platforms are tearing families, marriages and our country apart. People put a higher value to checking their Facebook feed than they do being available to help others.
More than ever before, we must be willing and able to respond to God’s call. This means we need to be physically fit, mentally stable, emotionally balanced and spiritually fed. If you haven’t realized it yet, we are in a battle. The war has begun, and we need to rise up! People need hope, love and grace, and only God can provide that to them. Will you answer the call? Will you jump when God asks? Let’s be ready.