Energy drink sales in 2012 totaled well over 12 billion dollars and the number continues to rise. Without making too much over the health of energy drinks or the fact that most of the consumers are men between the ages of 13 and 35, why do we consume so many energy drinks? How tired are we?
Pulled in a variety of directions, people struggle to keep up with the hectic pace of work, family, kids, sports, politics, news… everything. As the demands of life pull we seek a way to maintain the stride. A quick fix seems to be an efficient option and gradually it becomes the only option. With diminishing returns the pattern becomes an addiction in more than one way. Painfully, the chemical dependency is secondary to the addiction of the quickness of the fix. Everything requiring focus and determination becomes a hassle. Responsibilities turn into burdens, conversations become noise, and work becomes fruitless.
You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
We are spread too thin and focused on strange things. Is it not interesting that the best way to improve energy is to do something active? Most people think that lying on the couch will help regain energy. After three hours of TV/ computer do you feel anything other than tired? Passive activities will make you feel as tired as being busy without a goal.
Passive faith, without focus is equally fruitless. Our faith is meant to be utilized in everyday situations, growth, relationships, work, play… everything. Looking only to a sermon or motivational speech to maintain a daily walk of faith is as affective as the energy drinks. Eventually there will be a crash. Active faith requires more than a Sunday sermon. Active faith reaches into our lives and transforms all things to which it is applied. Focusing that active faith causes substantial changes in our lives, relationships, and worship.
Paul closes 2 Corinthians like this:
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are holding to your faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed. But we pray God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. What we pray for is your improvement. I write this while I am away from you, in order that when I come I may not have to be severe in my use of the authority which the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.
There is no reliable quick fix.