A New Door
“The main thing about Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the atmosphere produced by that relationship.” Oswald Chambers
I remember as a young boy when Dad became a Christian. I have heard him say many times that on July 4th, 1972, he claimed his “dependence” on Jesus Christ. I know that many of you reading this are from different faiths, or perhaps don’t recognize any faith, and that’s ok. I think you will get a little bit of insight into the freedom of “dependence.”
Being young and looking forward to having independence I didn’t really fully get what Dad was saying. Now I get it. It doesn’t take many years of life to understand that we can work really hard, produce really good results, and still get “whacked”! I have gotten countless emails from good people suffering in this economy experiencing this very thing. It is very common for people to believe that they are worth less because their “worldly results” are not what they should be.
The good news is that God does not value the results we produce, but rather how we handle the process and the relationship we have with Him. And here is how the freedom of “dependence” really worked for Dad. Dad’s early career was filled with as many or even more failures than successes. Only when he focused on his relationship and the process did his career really take off. Why? Because it allowed him to be bold knowing that he was not responsible for the results, only his relationship with God and the process of doing things the right way. This freedom of “dependence” allowed him to do things and take chances he never would have been brave enough to do on his own.
Here is an illustration that I read recently that explains this. Imagine that you are at a crossroads in your life and a “new door” is before you. You are very concerned about going through the door because you are not sure you can produce the results that are required on the other side of the door. You know you don’t want to stay where you are, but at the same time you are very fearful you won’t be able to “make it” on the other side of the door.
Now imagine a dog and his master. The dog is in one room, and the master is in the other. The dog has never been to the room the master is in. The master calls the dog and the dog does everything it can to go through the door! Why? Because the dog doesn’t care about the new room, it only wants to be with his master!
Are you at a crossroads in your life? Is there a “new door” that you know you should go through but you are fearful? Walk through the door and focus on the relationship and the process. What is in the room does not matter, only Who.