Against my normal writing style I’m going right to the point.
In this life are you really awake or just sleepwalking through it? Silly question? Maybe, but really think about it. If we were totally awake every moment would we see things differently? Or are we sleepwalking, just going through learned motions of life that bring us comfort yet lead us nowhere?
In light of this contentious world we live in today, I believe this is a valid question we really need to ask ourselves. And and when we get to the root of the answer, it can get quite scary and raw. At first response we all want to say yes, I am wide awake. I have a career, a family, responsibilities and I’m doing just fine. But if you’re really wide awake then your lens of life just got expanded far beyond those surface realities. Are you really fine or going through the motions of the comfortable, safe life you’ve created for yourself?
You see, a life fully awake sees beyond whats immediately around you. There is a larger picture. And in that picture WE are not the focus.
Yes, thats the raw part. This culture we live in today is about getting all you can, look good on the outside, do good as long as it makes you look good and doesn’t cost too much. Today is about me. Of course we say its about family and helping others, but what happens when that interferes with our plans or doesn’t agree with our way of thinking? Or what happens when we just don’t get our own way? Or if the cost is too high? Let the tantrum begin!
We don’t call it a tantrum. We see it as sharing our opinion, protesting, writing an opinionated social media post, irregardless of who it hurts or what the fallout is. It’s our right to share our opinion, right?
Or is it?
Sleepwalking is autopilot, doing what the crowd does, following the norm. Wide awake makes us see more that what’s in our immediate space. We see communities, diversity, feelings, emotions, creation and all the things that stir our soul. Sleepwalking walks right past the wounded, the different, and the lonely as it’s not on OUR path or OUR agenda. Sleepwalking is the state of busy we live in and the self preservation and exercising our rights to everything we deem necessary even if it crowds out others and only makes way for us.
Sadly, I’ve realized that it’s the sleepwalking that is revered; that is the norm. And sadly I find myself many days in that trap, centered around the wrong thing but thinking it’s all okay. I fight the wide awake and the raw, transparent vulnerability it brings.
Yet in that raw, vulnerable, face-down surrendered place is where the breakthrough happens and one wakes up.
It is this place which I challenge you as God has challenged me. It’s a place we dare not go as the vulnerability is like a thief ready to snatch all that we are. But it is also this place where one will find rest for the soul.
The true soulife begins here, but never ends here. You see the art of living wide awake takes us back to this place again and again, to shake off the world, our own self and the pride that daily life brings. We are brought back to the place to see with a new lens, a wider lens and a window to life that is limitless. I want to live wide awake and never miss a moment that God has in front of me. So perspective adjustment is necessary, as always, and stepping into the next season. And I realize that here, at wide awake, I am truly free and learning the rhythm of grace and love that I can then extend to the world around me.
So where are you, sleepwalking or wide awake? That is the question posed to all of us daily and the one again this morning I ask myself as I’m brought back to center, face-down and humbled but so empowered.
The change begins with me…learning to love from the inside out. Raw, vulnerable and yet so fully alive.
Here’s to your soulife my friends…the end of you and me is the entrance to life abundant!
3 John 1:2 (NKJV) “Beloved, I pray that you may proser in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers”