Life is a Three Ring Circus
Galatians 2:20 "I have been cricified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."
We're off to the circus. We'll have popcorn and cotton candy, two tickets or more, and two hours of wonderful fun. The jugglers juggled, the clowns clowned, the poodles performed, and everybody applauded. Why? Because that is what you are supposed to do, applauded the ferformances.
You see the real world and sometimes the church are like that too. We get caught up in the three ring circus mentality of life. We perform. We pretend. We are propelled. And we all wait for the applause. Just like in the circus.
Let us consider the PRETEND. The clowns are wonderful, I like clowns, caught up in a world of comic pretense, to the delight of almost everyone. They are a study of our embarrassing moments, captured by a clown, in exagerrated form and fun. What do we do? We applaud for we know that our own real world is full of pretense too. Some of it is funny and some of it is not so funny. We disguise our indadequacies, inferiorities, and insecurities with the performance of a funny clown's make up, we pretend and expect applause. Well I have got some good news for all of us who live in the three ring circus of life and faith. God looks through the make up and the pretense; He sees the real us. He love us just the way we are. Now that is worth applause!
Let us consider PERFORM. The trapeeze artist perform wonderful and dangerous feats in the air. They preform breath taking dazziling feats of skill. We applaude loudly in approval of their well deserved discipline and ability displayed. When the lights are off and the tent is down are these real people? Do they worry, laugh, cry, feel, enjoy relationships with others and their families like the rest of us? Of course they do. You see the performance is not really who they are. Who they are is how they live outside the three ring circus.
Performance based love is an act. When we perform, we want applause. When we don't perform no one applaudes. So when I do the right thing as a mon, dad, wife, husbvand, teen ager, child, student, or even a church member applaude us, we love it, we deserve it, we want to hear it loud and clear. BUT when we don't measure up to the performance or program, it doesn't really matter. We would still like a hug, not for what we do, but for who we are!
God is like that. He sees beyond my life and church performance. He sees the real us. He loves us, not for what we do, but for who we are! Now that is worth applause!
Now let us consider PROPEL. The final act is a dangerous cannon shot of a buitiful girl across the performance floor. We count down. We hold our ears. The comes the BOOOM!! and the girl flies across the performance area landing in a safe net on the other side. Wild applause is given as she stands and waves to the audience. More applause. She deserves it. This ends our night at the three ring circus.
We head home where family members will try to pretend, perform and propel themselves with acts to get our attention. We go out into our world and into our churches hoping to get the attention and applause. For in each of our real worlds, someone this week will pretend, perform, propel or be propelled to out do last weeks circus act. Let each of us stop waiting for the applause and let us listen for Heaven's approval. For when the last performance of the circus or church on earth is over, when the lights or off and sounds and music are gone, Heaven's approval will last and that is what I want to hear! How about you? "Well done, good and faithful servants."
(Idea and outline for devotional from an unknown source)
See you in worship for your applause and hug - Dr. B.