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I’m in Thailand, “land of smiles.” Sleep came easily after the long flight. But I’ve had dreams. I don’t often dream about words, but this time I did. The word “current” came into focus.  The river of abundant life is flowing – can we stay in the current? Will we move to the stagnant pools…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

I’m in Thailand, “land of smiles.” Sleep came easily after the long flight. But I’ve had dreams. I don’t often dream about words, but this time I did. The word “current” came into focus. 

The river of abundant life is flowing – can we stay in the current?

Will we move to the stagnant pools and eddies? Bitterness and unforgiveness can keep us there.

Flowing with the current means allowing the Spirit to push you along. It means giving up control. 

 

And then this other question: Can we stay current?

God is doing something new. Will we perceive it? We we stay mindful?

Falling into regret or depression can happen when we obsess about the past. And thinking too much about the future results in worry. A surer path to happiness is to stay current.

 

A final question pertains to not current, but currency.

What currency do we use to mark value?

Is it the dollar? The opinions of others? The influence we wield? Is God’s opinion good enough?

 

I don’t know why I dreamed that, but maybe it was for you. Are you staying in the current? What new thing is God doing in your life?

Comments (15)

  • Good word Seth. Praying over your week and Fusion!
    May the force of God’s will and love flow through that Squad and all involved.

  • Thank you Seth. I am definitely in the “current’ which is often whitewater not placid streams. Just prayed for you.

  • Love this Seth! That’s something the Lord has been pressing into me ever since Max was born. What does it look like for me to be fully present and engaged in even the smallest of moments. There tends to be many things calling me into the future, but I’ve come to see that the present is much too valuable to miss out on. Leaning in more each day. Enjoy the new, fusion squad!

    • Me too, Katie. I struggle to stay current. Always thinking ahead, always moving in the fast part of the river. Being here in Thailand helps focus me on the present.

  • Seth I celebrate our need to focus on the present. So in the spirit of that why did God make such a big deal about Ebenezer “stones of memory?”

  • If we move to the future not having appreciated the lessons of our past we are going to repeat them. Life isn’t linear or an algorithm. Its fractal. Peace for your time Seth. I have loved my ventures to Thailand and have two Thai nieces and nephews. Namaste……

  • “The river of abundant life.” You dreamed of ‘current’. I’ve been thinking about abundance. A lot lately. Abundant love, forgiveness, mercy, joy, obedience, everything in God’s will and goodness. How to live an abundant life in a world of scarcity.

    • Good parallel, JT – whether it’s staying in a flow, or living in abundance, God wants us living in a grace whose depths we have not plumbed.

  • Good word, pops! I have started a one year Bible study in chronological order and have found the structure really helpful to my daily devotionals. I’m also using Donald Miller’s Productivity Schedule which requires you to define your Life Theme. I have found both of these things very helpful in staying in the current. Looking forward to hearing about Thailand!

  • Short piece but extremely powerful and apt for me this season.

    Still chewing on the content.

    Thank you so much “Grandpa Seth”

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