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Drawn to God
Recently I was listening to a talk given by Richard Rohr about St. Francis. During the course of his meditation, he mentioned the shift we can choose to make from a sense of being driven in our various vocations to being drawn by God.
This idea really struck a chord in me as I am constantly trying to find ways in which I can more fully enter the abiding relationship to which Christ invites me. The primary obstacle to abiding in Christ, at least for me, is a driven-ness that seems to be part of the way I am made.
I am a competitive person. Perhaps that is why I enjoy sports so much. I like to win, I like to excel, I like to push myself to be the very best I can be. Some might say I am driven.
That is a funny expression, isn’t it: “She is driven.” I guess the question that immediately comes to mind is who is doing the driving?
Quite often, the driver is the ego. I once heard the ego described as; “That nasty little troll that lives under the bridge of your heart!” Nasty little troll, indeed!
The ego drives us to want more; to attain more power, gain more goodies, reach greater heights in our chosen profession or in our schooling. The ego drives us to want to WIN!
If we can shift our modus operandi from being driven by ego to being drawn by God, what a glorious change awaits us. As I thought and meditated on this idea, I found the more my heart embraced the concept of being drawn by God, the more peace I felt. The peace led to joy, the joy to serenity, the serenity to a deep sense of being loved and loving God right back.
And the difference from being driven (by ego) to being drawn by God is infinitesimal! Being driven is stress producing; being drawn releases anxiety. Being driven causes us to compare ourselves to others; being drawn helps us realize that God loves us as the unique persons he created us to be. Being driven sets up obstacles to meaningful relationships; being drawn opens us to a way of loving that avoids comparison and competition, for we see each person in the light of the Father’s love for them. I want to be drawn, not driven!
Of course, this moving from being driven to allowing God to draw us takes a commitment. We may just have to do a little self-examination and see in what areas of our life has a driven-ness taken over. It may be in the area of finances. For some it might be climbing the corporate or academic ladder. Others might realize that in relationships the ego is driving with whom we associate and how we relate to, and communicate with others.
Being drawn by God means to give up the driver’s seat; to allow the Lord to manage your day, your job, and your relationships; to allow the Lord to be the ruler of your life! Being drawn by God is a lifestyle change, but the benefits are innumerable.
My prayer for each of us as we enter the season of Pentecost is that, more and more, we will allow the Holy Spirit to draw us into life, abundance, joy and extraordinary love.
In Christ Alone,