One of my favorite television shows is The Walking Dead. Don’t ask me why. I haven’t watched in a long time but occasionally, thanks to Netflix, I can go back and watch old episodes. The constant battle to stay alive during a zombie apocalypse was entertaining to me.
This morning I heard a sermon by Tony Evans about Ezekiel and the dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14) and it really had me thinking about how sometimes we are walking, talking dead people. Just walking through life like zombies. On automatic pilot, with no energy, no fire, no excitement, and no hope.
As I look back over my life and I examine the times when I felt most alive, it was during those times when I was working toward something specific. When I felt like I was walking in purpose. It was never about another person but always about what I was doing to get to a certain point in my life. A few examples:
Training for the half marathon
Writing Raymond’s Daughters, my first novel
Training for figure competitions
Hats for the Homeless
Even during the seven years when I was single and rediscovering who I was, I felt like I was walking in purpose. I was working toward becoming a better me.
I’m finding that if I am not working toward something, I feel like those zombies on The Walking Dead. Just walking through life without purpose. When I’m not intentionally working on something, my mind may begin wandering and begin finding fault where there is none. Creating unnecessary conflict just so there is something going on. It is important to recognize when that is happening and take hold of it and do something about it. Listening to that sermon this morning reminded me that I am not among the walking dead – that I have within me the Spirit of the Lord and I will live.
Slipping into complacency is like slipping into a warm bath. It is so easy and comfortable, but it is not a place where we should stay for prolonged period. God has a plan for our lives, and it is up to us to work that plan until the wheels fall off.
As I journey to 56, I recognize that there is still work to be done.