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Fishing, hiking, hardcore camping. These vivid memories with my brother and Dad comprise most of my happier childhood moments.
Awed by majestic mountains, rivers rife with spring run-off, and billions of twinkling nightlights—we fished, swam and sat around the campfire eating freeze-dried or river-caught meals, relishing the sights, sounds and textures of the untainted beauty around us.
These were my peak wonder years.
As children, we are born with a God-inspired sense of wonder. But life lays down its cold, calculated hand, and we often throw down our best hands in exasperation. Slowly, cynicism seeps into our soul.
Harris III, author of the best-selling book, The Wonder Switch, says it well:
“Our wonder dimmed as we bumped into trauma, shame, cynicism, bitterness, self-limiting beliefs, and ultimately a cynical mindset that told us to “grow up”... But we don’t have to stay there, stuck in the darkness of complacency. Instead, we can grow. We can change. We hold the power to transform our lives...”
Devastating wonder and awe—two vital emotions not only for creativity and productivity but health, wellbeing, longevity and healthy relationships—cynicism leaves us incapacitated to discover our divine purpose.
But our Creator, Jesus, is the Master of wonder. He recognizes—
- Every soul has a divine destiny
- Every pain is full of possibility
- Every cynic—a future believer
- Every mystery is bursting with the miraculous
The architect of wonder, Jesus embodied its very nature, embracing the fullness of its mystery—inspiring wonder everywhere He went.
“As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him,” Mark 9:15.
Wonder and awe are essential in discovering our purpose in Christ, and He is keenly aware of their enemies—distraction, cynicism, and the stories we tell ourselves.
Distraction is the enemy of destiny.
We can’t forget we have a cunning, strategic enemy inviting us, through distraction, into deception.
The enemy will claim our conscience, then crucify it.
These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death, James 1:15.
The destination of distraction is ultimately death—of dreams, relationships and hope—becoming the breeding ground for compromise, outrage and cynicism.
Distractions don’t just ransack our time, killing creativity, productivity and joy, they plunder our wonder.
Ultimately, distractions are meant to derail the most important relationship—with Jesus.
So what are typical 21st-century distractions?
- Alcohol or food
Anything numbing the pain of our present reality turns our focus from Jesus and taking us farther from His truth.
Then lies and limiting beliefs arrest our thoughts—
- I can’t stop.
- I’m not worthy.
- I don’t have time.
- They have it better.
- I’ll never be enough.
- Someone else is already doing it.
However, God’s Word has the final say; it’s the truth our souls need to restore wonder, awe, perspective and hope.
I understand how hard it is. Unknowingly, I dove headfirst into the sea of distraction; before I knew it, a coup was mounted leaving me captive to a new master covertly calling the shots—I was paralyzed and numb.
- Look good at any cost
- Don’t let people in
- Never show weakness
“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” Albert Einstein
But through counseling and hard work, Jesus showed me a better way. Minimizing distractions renewed my sense of curiosity and wonder, setting me on course towards a life of purpose with God.
Becoming aware of the soul-swindlers hijacking our moments, days and even years is vital to reclaiming purpose, joy and wonder. So, grab a planner and take inventory of how you spend time over the next 3 days. You may be surprised. I sure was!
Information does not equal transformation—please friend, this process is critical for rekindling wonder.
Join me in February as we uncover other enemies of wonder and adversaries of the heart, discovering proven practices and rhythms God designed for restoring wonder, awe, joy and wellbeing.