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“The Right Stuff”

“The Right Stuff”

Oct 8
Blessings! Sisters and Brothers,
“Hello October!” is a murmur emanating in the atmosphere more or less as a declaration of preparedness for the psychic, emotional and spiritual effects of marked transitions that typically accompany this month; hurricanes not excluded. Who hasn’t experienced moments of low energy or a gloomy state of mind that is anxious, resentful, or overwhelmed in October? Or is that you joyfully celebrate the culmination of the highs of summer in preparation for a transformative fall? And if neither, are you simply somewhere in the middle? Regardless of where we find ourselves on the spectrum of things, it is for certain that October presents an excellent opportunity for recalibrating our sprit.
Recalibration, borrowed from the world of mechanics, means to set something so that it is more accurate or works better. And since our spirits are the instruments of God used to bring God’s love and gifts to this earth, we must take care inmaintaining our spirits along with the “spiritual screws” that hold our spirits together; i.e. ” love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control “(Galatians 5:22-23).
Our “spiritual screws” loosen to the point of ineffectiveness the further away we move from our spiritual center. It is then that recalibration becomes necessary to awaken us to our self-disconnect. Spiritual self-disconnect leaves us feeling spiritually hollow and psychically unstable.  We feel that like God is not as close as God used to be.  We don’t feel that we are an effective tool for anyone especially not God. The good news however, is that God is indeed near and we’re simply looking the wrong way. This necessitates the recalibration.
The significance of recalibration is to not simply restore ourselves to the level we previously operated from but to elevate to even greater aptitude. After all, our lives mimic the seasons and each season promotes the same thing, change. This means we will always experience seasons of change. Unfortunately, we humans love stability and love for things to remain as they are. We resist change with every fiber of our being. We fail to realize that God is repositioning us. Our determined resistance spurs movement away from our spiritual center. The more effort expended on holding on to what was, what is or the way that we want it, the less attention is given to attuning the instrument that is our spirit. We permit our “right stuff” to rust. The right stuff is the tool set used to hold our “spiritual screws” in place.
Reestablish using the right stuff is the means of recalibrating ourselves as a precision instrument for God and to reverse the alarming trend towards further self-disconnect. First, take a spiritual inventory why we dropped focus on the things of God and accept personal ownership which means that we do not try to deflect blame. Next, Go to God in prayer waiting in supplication and expectation.  And lastly, remember to fellowship with other believers as a means of interpreting instruction, receiving encouragement, and developing accountability.  It is only when we deal with our own spiritual “loose screws” can we be effective tools for God.
And as we work our recalibration process in moving through this season of autumn, a time of change in preparation of the winter rest, say to self…
     “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away
     with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
     Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced
     rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep
     Company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
                                                                                 – Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
Yours in fellowship…. Reverend Gale Jones, Executive Pastor

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