I have a few favorite restaurants in Indianapolis. Sometimes, which one I go to depends on what type of mood I am in or what sounds good in the moment. Several weeks ago, I went for a quick bite to eat at an Indian place that I have been to many times before…I was in the same location, and the decorations were also the same as before, but this time there was something different. I couldn’t really verbalize why it I thought things were changed, but I could tell because I had been there many times before. I recognized the difference in service and the slight change in product offered.
I have experienced this same feeling when going to different types of businesses. The facility looks the same, but the quality of customer service and variety of products available is noticeably different. All of these experience had one thing in common…they were under new management.
The fact is when a business is under new management the implication is this change is for the better. For the sake of argument…let’s just say this is true :). Whether this is true or not…there is definitely a difference in the quality of care that you receive.
When we surrender our hearts to Christ we are under new management. The fact that there is a new manager also tells the world that the quality of care and the “product” will be drastically different. God changes the way we operate. This change is not a result of legalistic rules and rituals, but a direct reflection of who is leading us.
God’s plans are much better than the ones we have created. When we put our lives in His hands, we find out there is a long-lasting joy and peace that can only be supplied by Him. God does not force His way upon us…but if we give ourselves to Him fully we are telling Him that all we have is His to use.
Today, pray that God will use you for HIs plan…..not the plan that we have created and told Him to bless.
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But what you ask of earth? Earth, I think, will not be found by anyone to be in the end a very distinct place. I think earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a region in Hell: and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of Heaven itself.
“‘That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering, ‘No future bliss can make up for it,’ not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory. And of some sinful pleasure they say ‘Let me have but this and I’ll take the consequences’: little dreaming how damnation will spread back and back into their past and contaminate the pleasure of sin. Both processes begin even before death. The good man’s past begins to change so that his forgiven sins and remembered sorrows take on the quality of Heaven: the bad man’s past already conforms to his badness and is filled only with dreariness. And that is why, at the end of all things, when the sun rises here and the twilight turns to blackness down there, the Blessed will say ‘We have never lived anywhere except Heaven,’ and the Lost, ‘We were always in Hell.’ And both will speak truly.’
‘Is that not very hard Sir?’
‘I mean, that is the real sense of what they will say. In the actual language of the Lost, the words will be different, no doubt. One will say he has always served his country right or wrong; and another that he has sacrificed everything to his Art; and some that they’ve never been taken in, and some that, thank God, they’ve always looked after Number One, and nearly all, that, at least they’ve been true to themselves.’
‘And the Saved?’
‘Ah, the Saved… what happens to them is best described as the opposite of a mirage. What seemed, when they entered it, to be the vale of misery turns out, when they look back, to have been a well; and where present experience saw only salt deserts, memory truthfully records that the pools were full of water.’”
-C.S. Lewis “Great Divorce”