For many of you, you have safely arrived at your post-FUEL destination. If you didn’t or haven’t ever attend FUEL, chances are that you too, at some point this week, pulled into a familiar drive after a long day of school, work, a different camp, a workout, or a much needed break. You picked up food from the same spot you always do. Enjoyed the same TV program you always watch. Laid on your bed in the same position as you scrolled through the same apps on your phone. Greeted by the same problems that you had hoped would find a way to disappear while you were gone. No matter how different we want to become, in just a matter of hours, days, or weeks, if the same things fill your life, or if they don’t have a new or confirmed purpose, it will not be long until you find yourself back to the same old, same old.
Wake up! STOP BEING THE SAME! For the change to take hold that you have heard about, read about, thought about, or talked about, you have to IMMEDIATELY begin the transition from the old to something new because if you remain complacent, if you remain idle, if you remain THE SAME, you will continue to get THE SAME results. Peter states it better than I ever could about those who are stirred by the Gospel message – its beautiful story, unexplainable joy, and its all-consuming hope – and then let the wake come to rest.
“If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.” – 2 Peter 2:21,22
Stop wallowing in the mud. Stop returning to the vomit. Start moving NOW and it is more likely that you will continue to move. It’s straight up science – Newton’s First Law of Motion – An object at rest tends to stay at rest, but an object in motion tends to stay in motion. This is also sometimes called the Law of Inertia, literally meaning “in”-not, “ert”- doing/being, “ia” – the state of – the state of not doing or being anything. This means in the vacuum of space, a planet will continue on the same orbit, light will find its way across the universe, and an asteroid will continue on the same crash course unless acted upon by an opposing, stronger force. Thank God he is working on us; that he is the opposing, ALMIGHTY force.
Put your b-u-t-t in gear. If it means not finishing these last few sentences, so be it. Stop wasting your time reading my words on how not to waste your time. Change your presets on your radio. Set some boundaries. Apologize. Delete your bookmarks and browsing history. Give away or throw away the junk. Grab your Bible. Call someone to pick you up for church. Set a date to be baptized. Host a Bible study. Invest in someone else. Tell your testimony. God has provided the resistance, so don’t postpone change. It won’t happen if you delay, and you’ll be worse-off than ever before. An object at rest tends to stay at rest. If there ever was a day not to do the same thing, it is today. Let today be different.