My wife and I are celebrating our 30th anniversary in Italy. In my absence, I asked my friend Gary Barkalow to write a couple blogs.
Gary has spent his life studying Calling—you could call him a Calling Expert. I invite you to enjoy with me as he shares.
“Ok, the idea that I possess a glory, splendor, strength, brilliance that is extraordinary seems a little farfetched. It’s not my personal experience. I think my effect is pretty small. I can only do the best with what I’ve got and that ain’t much.”
Dallas Willard wrote,
Now what we can do by our unassisted strength is very small. What we can do acting with mechanical, electrical, or atomic power is much greater. Often it is so great that it is hard to believe or imagine without some experience of it.
But even that is still very small compared to what we could do acting in union with God himself, who created and controls all other forces (The Divine Conspiracy).
Our life was never designed to be “unassisted.” And yet, that is how we live—okay, I live—most of the time. Partly because I believe the lie that I’m on my own. Partly because of my fear that God won’t come through. Partly because “it’s hard to believe or imagine it without some experience of it.”
Jesus repeatedly said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Matt. 4:17
Dallas told the story of growing up on a farm in southern Missouri where electricity was not available. Then, one day, it was announced that power lines would be brought in. It was an opportunity for a different way of life if they if they chose to tap into them. He writes,
The comparison, you may think, is rather crude, and in some respects it is. But it will help us to understand Jesus’ basic message about the Kingdom of the Heaven if we pause to reflect on those farmers who, in effect, heard the message: ‘Repent, for electricity is at hand.’