We cannot have everything we want, simply because as a practical matter we cannot do everything we want. Time and physical reality forces us to exclude and make choices.
We cannot both live in the county and in the city, travel the world and go to college, find time to read all of the books we want to read and lead an active social life, become expert in two or more sports, pursue a happy marriage, have children and a family life, serve on the local school board, volunteer for weekend charity social work, spend as much time with old friends as we used to before marriage and children, write books, and be active in social media, all at the same time.
Life is not only about what we do, but also about what we choose not to do. Some things have to be cut out.
It has been said that a sculptor creates a masterpiece in marble by the pieces that are chipped away. The finished marble statue is created by the material that has been removed from the rough-hewn block of stone marble. There is a final outcome envisioned within the artistic eye of the sculptor, but the actual carving process to reach the end-product involves the chipping away of the excess, waste material.
The cross of Christ element in all of the biblical narrative stories of faith is unique to all religions, philosophies, and worldviews.
As Abraham walks from the city of Haran towards Canaan, with each step he takes Abraham’s personal plans for worldly conventional normalcy are being replaced by the higher plans of God, beyond anything Abraham could imagine.
The fact that the Master Sculptor was chipping away the worldly normative life-plan of Abraham, the father of faith, over 5,000 years ago is massive evidence for the divine composition of this opening journey of faith narrative in the Bible.
You cannot be Abraham and be anything else at the same time. A focused life excludes other things.
No humanistic writer would ever invent the concept of chipping out the marble from the block of conventional worldly normalcy to replace it with a risky, God-led journey of faith containing the cross as its central theme.
Understanding the fact that a biblical-quality journey of faith excludes our own way is critical for today’s disciple of Jesus Christ.