Drunken Awareness by AChuckAllen
It has been said that “Our very awareness is the window upon which reality presents itself.” (F. Lentz) I agree with that premise, but awarenes is but one step along the journey of true, life-altering change. The age old story is that we must change. If we do not change, we die. It is abundantly true in our spiritual, emotional, relational and physical lives.
If we are to become aware of something that is healthy and good for us, then we would be foolish to not embrace and then adapt to that new, healthy alternative (think exercisee). If we are to become aware of something that is harmful to us, but not remove that from our lives, we would be either ignorant or lazy (think cigarettes).
I have recently been in the halls of power in Washington and the desert lands of our Southern Border, I believe that our country is drunk with awareness and living in a barren land of minimal action. We see problems or crises and want to make people aware of them…especially if we can blame someone else for them. Awareness is essential, but awareness with no action is to cast aside the reality that our Creator designed us to be a people of action. We are to be a people that avail ourselves to the truth. We are to prayerfully determine how He would have us engage that truth. And, we are to act on His directives, especially when inconvenient.
There are a host of challenges in this world. The answer is NOT only awareness, but awareness that leads to action. If something is to change, then something must change!
I’ve received some hate-filled emails regarding my truthful recording of the Border Stations that I witnessed. It seems that it’s more politically expedient to simply believe without knowing firsthand. That kind of mindless chatter is what keeps we Americans bogged down in the quicksand of awareness.
If we are to attack the challenges and overcome the crises, whether they be immigration, veteran affairs, trade negotiations or the opiod epedimic, we better buckle up and get more than aware of the problems. We better be ready to charge into the wasteland of awareness and drag each problem out of the political arena and into the arena of battle. We must get our gear on, get on our knees and then start to make a difference.
David Goggins once said, “Once the mind believes it can be achieved, only then does it start to break down tactically how we can do this.” In short, I believe his words are specific to our beliefs that God can and God will move us to positive action once we believe the we can achieve.
If you are wondering what you should do about any number of challenges this world faces, simply get yourself up to speed with truthful awareness and then ask the Divine for wisdom. But at all cost, get your fingernails dirty. Get stinky with sweat and spend all the relational capital that you can muster to help serve people in need.
But I warn you! Doing something will cost you something. It might cost you friends. It might leave you sleepless. It will definately cause you to suddenly have a target placed on your back!
Become aware, but please do not stay in the apathetic wastelands of awareness. Get off your donkey and get after serving somebody, somewhere and somehow!
Go in Peace My Friends,