Rethinking Advent Day 6: Awake

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When I open my eyes in the morning, often I go through the old camp check-list:

Alive

Awake

Alert

Enthusiastic!

This morning, I’m all of those things. It is sleeting hard here in Henderson, KY. It started around 11:00 last night and it seems it’s kept up all night until this moment (8:16 a.m. by my clock currently). I took this picture after I let Sam out and watched him slip and slide all over ice-covered patio. He was also alive, awake, alert and enthusiastic! That dog loves snow and cold weather. 

I think about how the list is a progression. And I think about how in my walk with Jesus, sometimes I’m merely alive. There’s no awake, alert or enthusiastic about me. It’s as though I’m merely surviving. I’m not awake to what God is doing. I’m not alert to the needs of those around me. I’m not enthusiastic about participating in the ministry to which I’m called.

Yet, we are called to be more than alive:

Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed alert and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. Matthew 24:40-44

Every day, we have the opportunity to see God’s Kingdom coming around us. We have the opportunity to be aware of what God is doing and participate enthusiastically. It is a gift that God gives to those who remain awake.