I just went to the movie theatre to watch Star Trek Beyond. So if I sound a little spacey, you know why?
The movie starts as Captain Kirk finds himself adding to his log…
Captain’s Log, Stardate 2263.2. Today is our 966th day in deep space – A little under three years into our five year mission. The more time we spend out here, the harder it is to tell where one day ends and the next one begins. It can be a challenge to feel grounded, when even the gravity is artificial. But while we do what we can to make it feel like home. The crew, is always, continues to act admirably despite the rigors of our extended stay here in outer space. The farther out we go, the more I find myself wondering what it is we are trying to accomplish.But if the universe is truly endless, then we are not striving for something forever out of reach. Perhaps a break from routine will offer up some respite from the mysteries of the unknown.
I don’t know about those of you reading this, but when it comes to my spiritual life I sometimes sure can relate to what Captain Kirk is feeling.
We all go through periods when it seems like we are just going through the motions. Doing the same thing day after day. Wondering if we are making a difference. If you have been a Christian for any length of time and haven’t felt this way at least once, I applaud you. But stop lying.
I don’t think anything is wrong with us when this happens. Sometimes we just have to wait until it passes. Other times we simply need to change our routine. It doesn’t have to be some major change either.
- Change what time of day you study or read the Bible. People will say that the morning is best. God doesn’t care about when. He cares about quality time, a time when you can give Him your best.
- Change the location where you study, read, or pray. For me the outdoors is my best place for prayer. But the living room when no one else is home is where I study. That’s what works for me. It’s going to be different for everybody.
What really stuck out to me about Kirk’s log entry was his talking about trying to make the ship feel like home. And how at the end of the log he says “we are not striving for something forever out of reach.” The bible agrees with the second part but not on the first. The bible tells us:
For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking for a home yet to come. ~Hebrews 13:14
Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives. 1 Peter 2:11-12
When we are feeling like we aren’t making a difference or simply feeling overwhelmed by all the tragedy in the world we need to remember this isn’t our home. I realize simply reading these scriptures isn’t going to magically snap someone out of their stagnation. But that’s what we have each other for. The bible tells us to build each other up.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
I’m leaving you with one more movie quote and a bible verse. I think they speak for themselves.
Krall: Unity is not your strength. It is a weakness.
Captain James T. Kirk: I think you’re underestimating humanity.
But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. – 1 Corinthians 12:24b-26