One of my favorite is by playwright George Bernard Shaw:
“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”
I like the idea of being a force of Nature. Something to be reckoned with. An influence. But I’m even more intrigued by being a SuperNatural Force. Supernatural means above nature. In other words, in the realm of the spiritual.
Going back to physics class, which I sucked at, force equals mass times acceleration, or f=ma. Breaking this down a bit, force = mass (a measurement of matter, or substance) X acceleration (change in velocity or direction over a period of time). Further looking at acceleration, we could explain it as your movement, or growth, in a particular direction, over a period of time. We can also explain, mass, or rather substance, as your character. The substance of who you are, what you are made of.
So, your personal Force is equivalent to your character X growth in a positive direction over time.
In looking at growth, let’s think of the idea of continuous improvement. The Japanese industrialists, after World War II, developed a growth strategy that was based on making incremental steps of progress that build on each previous success. They called this strategy/philosophy Kaizen, which translates to Continuous Improvement. Our idea of growth should be of starting with small steps, and growing into larger steps over time, improving every step of the way.
Also, acceleration is a vector quality. Which means it is in a specific direction. A lot of people are moving in the wrong direction in life. Their life is characterized by, “a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”
Self absorbed, self important, selfish people. There needs to be a change in direction from that kind of attitude. This change in direction is characterized by a change of attitude, a change of mind, a change of heart. In a word, this change means repentance. I have a previous blog post on that subject matter, you can review that. But this turning from sin and self, and turning to something else, or rather Someone else, that is, Jesus Christ, changes the entire nature of this force. The substance and character becomes that of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.
In essence, you become a SuperNatural Force rather than just a force of nature, as powerful as that may be. You are then well equipped to be used for a Purpose recognized by yourself as being a mighty one.
That’s much better than being a clod…I don’t know what a clod is, anyway.