Remember Sméagol from The Lord of the Rings trilogy?
He had that special ring that gave him great power, but in return for that power he invited Gollum into his life, an evil presence reeking havoc upon Sméagol’s soul. *Spoiler alert* His addiction to the ring ended up destroying him.
It’s easy to look at this poor, sad creature and write him off a pure fantasy, but the truth of the matter is we all have our rings, things that made us feel empowered or important, helped us survive, but in the end will end up destroying us.
Be mindful of these things. Each person has a different one. Often you can find it when it is taken away, so be mindful and aware. We are called to live an abundant life in Christ. Beware the roadblocks and thrive!
We want to put God in a box
He’s a loving God
a warrior God
an unknowable God
a personal God
When in fact the beautiful thing about God
is that His person encompasses all these things
in ancient times,
they had many gods,
a god of shoes, of war, of harvest, of whatever
then the Jews came along and made
a crazy assertion,
that there was just God
and ever since then we have tried to split Him
up into little bits
because our brains love to compartmentalize things
but God remains God
the I AM, the God of infinite potential
I’m as guilty of this as the next person
of projecting onto, of pigeonholing Him
Yet the moment we allow God to be God
the moment He reveals Himself
to be ever so much more incredible than
we ever imagined He could be
we just have to have faith and trust
enough to allow Him to do so,
and allow ourselves that potential ourselves
so that we can be everything He meant us to be.