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The Parking Lot

The parking lot is full.

It’s full of cars, trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians. Lots of them. The vehicles are not moving. The people are milling about; some laughing and talking, while others wander aimlessly. No one makes any attempt to leave. And there is a very long lineup waiting to get in.

There is no sign to indicate the location or purpose of this parking lot, but if we were to give it a name, it would be something like Complacency Parking, or The Easy Way Lot.

It’s a popular place. People come to stay for days or weeks or months. Some even live their whole lives here. Once inside the lot, no one cares too much about what’s happening on the other side of the chain link fence. They like the way things are. No challenges to deal with. No decisions to make. No troubles to worry about. It’s almost like a vacation. Trouble is, the longer they stay in the parking lot, the harder it is to get out. More and more cars, trucks, motorcycles and pedestrians continue to crowd in, blocking the exits and making them difficult to find. The few who may have wanted to look for a way out finally give up. It’s too hard to leave the lot.

Some are pushed out unwillingly. They didn’t really want to leave the lot, but they happened to be near an exit on an exceptionally crowded day and before they knew what happened, they were no longer inside. They clamor to get back in, but they can’t. Within minutes, they are bombarded by all of the things they went into the parking lot to escape. But they soon realize that they are stronger than they thought they were, and they’re able to cope.

These former Easy Way  advocates join the other do-gooders outside the lot who are walking up and down the long line of waiting cars, trucks, motorcycles and pedestrians, urging them to reconsider; to turn around and go back to their homes. Most ignore the pleas and turn their heads the other way. But some listen and realize that the parking lot is probably not a nice place to be. They take a deep breath and decide to fight the urge to slip into Complacency.

The parking lot is full.

Turn away.

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Where’s the Passion?

Let’s face it, we live in a complacent society.

We’re entrenched in a culture where we pretty much have everything we want when we want it. Hungry for a burger? If you live in any North American city, your nearest McDonald’s is probably less than 10 minutes away. Got a hankering for the latest electronic toy? You can order online and have it delivered the next day. Don’t have the cash? No problem. They’ll open an account and you can pay for the thing over the next 27 years. Our idea of entertainment is sitting in front of the TV, often flipping channels over and over just to pass the time.

Now understand that I am generalizing a bit here, but I think we’ve all been guilty of the above at one time or another. Complacency. A form of contentment with the status quo. We don’t want our boats rocked too much because – heaven forbid – it might be uncomfortable. We may actually have to DO SOMETHING.

We’ve lost our passion – if we ever had it in the first place.

At the risk of sounding “preachy”, God wants so much more for us than what we’re settling for. We’ve strayed so far from His original plan: “my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Did you get that? God WILL supply ALL of our needs according to His riches in glory. Not some, but ALL! And did you notice the part where it says “according to His riches in glory”? His riches include everything. EVERYTHING! Health, prosperity, family, friends – the whole deal.

All we have to do is believe – believe that God’s Word is true. Trust that He is who He says He is. A GREAT God. A God of miracles.

This is where the passion comes in. We get to the place where we want only God – need only God to satisfy us instead of all the material comforts and means of entertainment around us. We need to get desperate and hungry for the reality of the power of God that sets people free.

That’s true passion.

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