Christians seem to have this problem with balance. We (movements, denominations, churches, people) emphasis grace and overshoot into license. We go for holiness and we become judgmental and self righteous. In many aspects of the Christian life we react against perceived imbalance and find ourselves going to the extreme in the other direction. We can’t seem to get it right.
The title above is from The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. What does it mean?
Invictus, a poem by William Ernest Henley, ends with these famous lines:
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
The humanist movement embraced this poem a long time ago. The idea is that the ‘I’ is emphasized. I am the master and not God. And we react against that. We determine that God is the master of our fates, the captain of our souls. And we determine that God will direct our lives, every aspect of our lives. We do nothing till God says so. We fear getting ahead of God. We wait for God to turn on the landing lights in the fog of our lives.
Sometimes God gives clear and specific directions. Sometimes He opens doors. But sometimes He does nothing more than put a desire, a passion in our hearts. If we act on those desires we may find abilities we didn’t know we had. But we have to act. If it’s going to happen it will take action to make it happen. The current buzz word is proactive. That which you manifest is before you, waiting. Waiting for you to act. Maybe it’s time to get out of react mode and make something happen.