It's time to live awakened!

When I was a kid, my brother and I had very different ways of waking up.  Our rooms were across the hall from each other, and we both had an alarm clock radio.  The alarm clock radio was genius!  You could wake up to an alarm OR you could set it to wake up to your favorite radio station, OR (even batter) set it to wake up to any pre-set recording you had on a cassette tape (if you don't know what that is, Google it). On any given day, I woke up to Bobby McFerrin singing "Don't Worry, Be Happy," or Kool & the Gang's "Celebration."  My brother, however, used the standard alarm... which sounded like an air raid siren... only louder.

I would wake up happy and ready to get the day started.  My brother woke up annoyed and in a grumpy mood.  One Saturday morning, he forgot to turn his alarm off since it wasn't a school day.  About 6 AM, I heard the air raid siren going off across the hall, thinking, "Really?  Really?! REALLY?!"  And it didn't turn off... it just kept blaring it's warning that something ominous and hideous was about to happen.  After an eternity of at least a minute and a half, I got up and went to turn it off with my fist, because he obviously was already up and out somewhere doing something.  But NO, he was asleep!  The air raid siren of doom was blasting it's obnoxious refrain right beside his ear and he was still ASLEEP!

We are meant to live awakened.  But I know many people who are still asleep.

I think a lot of us miss this aspect of Christ, because we get caught up in the religious aspect of what we believe vs. what "they" believe.  But Jesus comes to give us life to the full.  Jesus comes to be the Kingdom of God's love in and through us.

In the Bible, Romans 8 describes how the Spirit of God awakens us to light and life and love.  And it's a beautiful wake up call that sounds more like "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and "Celebration" than an air raid siren signaling impending doom.  And people sleep through it.

One of the best ways I have discovered to live awakened is to spend time every day, in intentional appreciation of creation.  Spending 5-15 minutes (and often much more) every day outside (or looking out the window on days that are stupid cold), can awaken you to new understandings of God's nature and your own purpose.  You should try it!  Take note of colors, trees, plants, animals, clouds, stars, shapes... everything!  Then note what new things you discover about the world, God, and yourself.  May you receive this day as the gift it is intended to be.

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