Think Outside The Box!

Think Outside The Box!
Blog Writers - Wed Nov 06, 2013 @ 07:00PM
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Don't think inside the box."  His voice is steady, strong, unwavering.  He speaks not from years of experience - he speaks from rivers of wisdom.  "Think outside it."

Yah, whatever, I shrug, I nod.  

But as I stare back at rows and rows of cubicles, so many floors, so many office chairs, part of me agrees.  Don't always (notice I don't say never) think inside the cubicle.  Think outside of it. 

There are so many "normal" people in life.  I'm not saying that's bad, but we are called to be different.  We are called to stand out, not in a bad way, but in a good, honouring-to-God way.  So many mediocre, lukewarm, just completley original people.  People with PhD's or degrees, people with big long titles.  People who do a 40-hour work week and go home and watch TV. 

Like a ton of bricks crashing down, it hits me.  Think outside of it. 

Be innovative.  Be different.  Be unique.  Be completley, totally close to God, and He will give you the desires of your heart ... 

Now I used to think that if I desire a new DVD player, or a new book, or a new outfit...He would suddenly gift them to me.  But now I realize that God is going to give us the rightful desires.  He's going to place Godly desires in us, and replace our plans/hopes/dreams/desires with His plans/hopes/dreams/desire.  And that, my readers, is a radical change.  His plans are so much BIGGER then our plans.  His thoughts are so much HIGHER than our carnal thoughts.

Then we have to be willing to take risks, to do hard, to dream big. 

"You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take" says Wayne Gretzky, the great hockey player.

I read once that mediocrity just won't do - we are capable of doing something better.  But are we really, truly, rubber-hits-the-road type of capable?  No way!  It's only by God's strength that we are capable to do...really...anything!  Sadly, most articles out there today for breaking free from mediocrity is by ways of self-empowerment (basically saying that we can do it all on our own, just like the quote above so illustrates). Apart from Him, we can do some things?  A few things?  Nope.  Nothing.  John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."  (emphasis added)

Think outside the box.  Dare to be different.

But always, always make sure that in the end, you are glorifying God most.  Whether that means in a cubicle or out on the missionary field or at home, always be certain this is where God would have you best bring glory to His name.  Cause that's our #1 goal, right?  To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

Isaiah 55 :8-11

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (emphasis added)

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