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KAHUNA: THE REAL STORY
GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE DAY OF PRAYER
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“WHY ARE YOU DOING MISSIONS?”
So from Micron we take a cue: “Do you get up in response to an alarm or a calling?” When the alarm goes off, do you hit the deck with expectation of the day? …or with a dread that makes you wish for nightfall?
I used to think that “right attitude resulted in right behavior.” But lately I’ve been realizing that “one-way processing” doesn’t always have to be the case. Sometimes our behavior can echo back, in a kind of feedback loop, and teach us something that helps us change our attitude.
So… I guess the lesson is simple… Buy a Micron computer. (Just kidding. I’ve never owned one… but people say they’re nice. Still … that’s not my point.) My point is this: if life has gotten kind of “stale” for you lately, maybe you need to wake up and smell the coffee. Maybe there is something to be said for “going through the motions,” if your motivation is strong enough to believe again.
In Somewhere in Time, Christopher Reeve became so convinced that he could travel through time, he dressed in old clothes, rented a room in an old hotel (with lots of history), and just . . . .”concentrated” on traveling through time. Now granted… when I first saw that love story, I tossed it off as a fairy-tale. But have you ever been so convinced that you’ve been jet lag, only to have some spoiled-sport quip, “Yes, I know it’s 8pm here, but that’s 3am my body time.” Sorta’ jerks you back to reality, doesn’t it! I always tell those people to just keep their reality to themselves. When I’m ahead of the game on jet lag, I want to keep it that way. I don’t want to face reality. I want to believe so strongly that it’s still “okay” to be awake, that I can even convince my body that the lie is true!
Well I’ve got news for you. It works even beyond jet lag.
Next time you feel like work is a drag, try investing yourself again. Next time you lose your “zeal” for language learning, or for your medical ministry, or even for Bible study, maybe it’s time to take a cue from Christopher Reeves. Maybe you won’t become a “superman,” but maybe God will wake up the original dream within you. Start stepping through the behavior that used to light your imagination and pray that God will reawaken it. Invest in children, take time with the elderly, listen to a story from a downcast “poor in spirit” street-person. Who knows… maybe you’ll wake up to more than an alarm the next day. Maybe you’ll go “somewhere BACK in time” and rediscover your original dream. And that right behavior just might rekindle your right attitude!
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