Miley Cyrus has written a poignant song that poses some soul searching questions. It is titled, “Inspired.”
She expresses concern for the bees, noting: “or else they’re gonna die.” Yes, they are crucial to nature and the environment that sustains all of humanity.
The world is fragile by design. All of creation is groaning under the corruption of its neglect and abuse.
So how do we respond? Many are concerned, but don’t believe we can change destiny. They are living unto the end; however that may come, without any hope of redemption for nature or humanity, or themselves.
“Inspired” tells us that we can, “pull the handle on the door that opens up to change. I know it sounds so strange. We are meant for more.” That is the inspiring message of her song.
But, she also raises a disturbing thought and question.
The doom we face causes others to feel more than hopeless, they become depressed and often their anger turns to rage. Miley Cyrus asks in her song “Inspired,” the following question: “How can we escape all the fear and all the hate?”
She speaks wisely, “Loss is life, it’s not a curse. Reminds us of time, and what it’s worth, to make the most out of it while we’re here.”
“We are meant for more,” she concludes.
Yes, we can each do better and do more to preserve our planet and help the environment, and we should do so. But Miley puts a greater burden upon us. How are we to feel when the problem of humanity is so great that we cannot change the inevitable? The songwriter realizes the greater problem and poses the most haunting of all questions, “Is anyone watching us down here?”
The answer is a resounding “YES!”
There is a Sovereign God who created the wondrous and delicate processes of nature that sustain our beautiful place of habitation, the planet we call earth. God also created us, with our bodies, intensely complex and vulnerable, our minds, vastly powerful, and our spirits, possessing untapped potential. He gave us this life to prepare for the next – death unto eternal life. He is watching and He does care, more than we can know.
In fact, He does more than observe. He intervened to save us. God incarnate, God in the flesh, came to experience and redeem humanity. He paid the penalty for the corruption of His creation and conquered death. His name is Jesus Christ.
And His Holy Spirit will come now to cohabitate with your spirit, upon this earth, to empower you for victorious living, a life that will affect change and demonstrate true hope to others. This is how we become truly “inspired.”
Yes, we absolutely are meant for more. And although this world will not be saved, God has promised the creation of a new earth, perfect and without decay. This is the completion of His plan for the redemption of his creation. And the new earth will be eternal.
So what is the door that opens up to change? I am reminded of something Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9
Also, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Rev 3:20
And, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Mat 7:7-8
Have you sensed in these verses His provision for this present life? The Savior of the world is standing at the door of your heart. He is knocking on it now. As Miley Cyrus says, “You’re the handle on the door that opens up to change… Pull the handle on the door… There’s a lock upon the door, but we hold the key to change.” The key is choice.
Inspired? Open the door to Jesus and you surely will be!
These topics are explored in more depth in my recent novels. “Their After Life,” teaches by the life experience of twins, Darren and Deidra Daniels, what will happen, possibly soon. God has a sovereign plan and timetable for this earth. It will happen according to His providence. Read this compelling novel for insight. Revelation!
“Alive Again” shares the life and times of James Wallas, a millennial who faces great tragedy. His experience is relevant for what many are now contending with in the context of their loss and suffering. How does he overcome? How can he save his sister who has fallen into despair? The power for life is demonstrated here. Resurrection!
If you feel bitterness, consider the fictional account of Robert Love as he makes the accusation against God in “Love Endures Hope Abounds,” and “Wonder and Fear.” Salvation and Wisdom!
The contemporary Christian uses inspired writing and music to grow in truth. Stay connected with UpdykeBooks.com and TheContemporaryChristian.us. True inspiration is sought in the process of life discovered in the four steps offered here.
For her lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/mileycyrus/inspired.html
Additional entries: Alan's study notes.
For those who are discouraged with God - feel abandoned or rejected - I want to share with you why I am giving God another chance. Have you ever wondered what you are missing?
I've been there. And, I know that it is complicated. But what if you could find true peace, not grounded in self confidence, but in an ongoing experience with an awesome God? ! I'm not saying that I have all the answers, but I have strived personally, studied, watched and analyzed others, and came to some conclusions that you probably won't hear from your pastor - because I found God outside of the box.
Sharing and encouraging others in these truths is fellowship - the kind that I seek. So yes, I am giving God a second chance - and here's why...
Let's get connected if you feel like I do:
...relinquish your control.
When life wasn’t fair, God was calling his name.
Robert Love experienced great loss. His grandmother died under a cloud of suspicion. Memories of better times became miserable haunts as the skeletons of his past continued to rattle in the closet of deceit.
On the ropes emotionally, fate (or was it God?) intervened to bring Love a new friend, a mentor and wise sage of sorts, with provocative insights. His name is John Wright.
They were perfect strangers when they met but allowed their lives to intersect and in the end each was instrumental in saving the other. But for Love, it was complicated, much like his life.
Upon becoming better acquainted, it seemed that Wright’s credibility was sketchy at best. Once exposed, Love learned that his new friend was terminally ill. So why had he stopped fighting for his life? Wright has a mysterious past.
A spiritual battle ensues. Love is nearly killed in a grinding head-on collision and suffers debilitating injuries. And then, unbelievably, Love’s home is torched and all his possessions are turned into ashes among the smoking ruins. It is more than a soul can bear; surely he must be cursed!
But it was a greater love that truly saved him once emptied of himself. Everything changed and ultimately Love endured to discover new hope and a new life.
Is God calling you? This contemporary parable is a guide for the journey of faith that leads to true salvation.
...discover your calling.
Truly alone, his head hanging low, tears are dropping onto his lap. Already disgraced, this pastor feels no need to defend himself.
There have been many arrests of the clergy in recent times, the institutional church is weak, and the public is hungry for revenge. The police are ordered by the District Attorney to bring him in, to answer his accuser for the crime she alleges.
Robert Love, the clergyman accused of sexually assaulting a minor female, searches his memory for a clue. Had he mistaken the events of his life, the way he saw God working and leading him into the ministry?
His divorce and aggressive response to the false allegation of infidelity brought by legalistic Christians is in his past. More recently there was the baby’s funeral and the unexplained reason for its death, as well as the demise of the mother, to cancer. She had refused radiation treatments, sacrificing her life for another, the unborn child that didn’t survive.
Thrisa is the only bright spot in this pastor’s otherwise dreary work at the parish and she is found in a dumpster, left for dead. Then, answers to the mystery are suddenly revealed at the bedside of a man even as he exhales his last breath. The final verdict: “not guilty!”
Doubt plagued Robert Love with the simple, haunting question: “why?” But in the midst of all his trouble, wisdom rescues with everlasting peace.
...yield to power consuming.
Young adults and siblings, James and Steffanie Wallas, who tragically lost their parents in a train wreck, are struggling to continue with their lives.
They are grieving together until something very strange happens in the cemetery where their parents are buried. Steffanie is confronted by a strange being which resembles her deceased mother.
James needs absolute proof that their mother has not returned from the dead. The weight of the evidence needed rests upon a cross necklace, the one their mom gave to Steffanie at her baptism. Rejecting faith, she returned it at the funeral to be buried with all of her hopes and dreams. It was this necklace that she saw the being wearing. Now, James must find the explanation that will bring his sister back from the brink of insanity.
Rumors leak and their town goes crazy! A police report documents the sighting and the news goes viral.
A cross necklace, the mystery of resurrection, and one young man's need for answers spin into a whirlwind of controversy that has everyone waiting for the truth to be revealed.
Not science fiction or fantasy, it’s an emotional story that demonstrates the bravery of true love in the aftermath of tragedy.
...realize the life chosen.
The Daniels men held their legacy in secret, preserved for future generations.
Levi Daniels was shot while Confederate soldiers invaded his southern Pennsylvania farm. In a small wooden box, he took his prized possession to California, seeking better fortune. But as history has it, trouble followed.
As a young boy, Darren is expected to carry the torch. From his hospital bed, Darren’s grandfather spoke reverently of the responsibility as he bypassed the birthright of the next person in line. It should have been given to Darren’s father, Joseph, but he is still missing.
Darren and his fraternal twin sister, Deidra, are able to avoid their ancestors’ haunts until engaged in the disaster. An earthquake strikes the U.S. and it falls into anarchy. Joseph returns, searching for the remnant of his family.
It is then that the secret of their past is revealed with a compelling message. America’s heritage, one of faith and unity, speaks to challenge the hearts of the faithful and the patriotic, stirring them to resist the enemy, natural and spiritual.
The future is predicted as the fictional account moves forward in time. This story challenges you to ponder the evidence of our fate. And here is realized a profound and compelling revelation - the greater purpose in it all.
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Blessings! Alan Updyke, UpdykeBooks@gmail.com