Avoiding the Edge of Delirium

Are you satisfied with the results you’re getting in life?  In marriage?  With your kids?  At work?  Spiritually?  In business literature, there’s a popular saying: “Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.”  We get it when it comes to widgets and assembly lines, but it’s pretty sound advice for life as a whole.

If the results you’re getting in life are lousy—anxiety, stress, burnout, lack of focus, depression, spiritual apathy—then the odds are pretty good that something in your life system is off kilter.  As John Mark Comer puts it, “The way you’ve organized your morning (or evening) routine, your schedule, your budget, your relationship to your phone; how you manage your resources of time, money, and attention, etc.—something is out of whack” (The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, 85).

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting difference results, then many of us are living on the edge of delirium.  We keep operating in a broken-down system expecting, hoping that somehow the outcomes will be different.

They won’t.  

I have two pivotal questions for you: (1) Are you ready for a change?  (2) Are you willing to change?  If you answered “yes” to both questions, I’ve got good news for you: You can.  “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).  “You can do all things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13).  “But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

Let me introduce you to the Jesus way.  You’re most likely familiar with Jesus as Truth and Life, but have you spent much time looking into the Jesus way?  And what is that, you ask?  It’s the path forward, the road to recovery.  This is an apprenticeship into following Jesus’ way of developing a new life system that governs our time, habits, relationships, and resources.  

The late Eugene Peterson once wrote about this way as a life practice and discipline:

The Jesus way wedded to the Jesus truth brings about the Jesus life….  But Jesus as the truth gets far more attention than Jesus as the way.  Jesus as the way is the most frequently evaded metaphor among the Christians with whom I have worked for fifty years as a North American pastor (idem.). 

If you want to experience the life of Jesus, you not only need to adopt His theology and ethics, but also His lifestyle.  Just follow His way.  Take on His habits and practices.  Read through the Gospels with fresh eyes to see what Jesus did as He walked and talked, prayed, ordered His days, lived in the moment, welcomed children, took time for people, was never in a hurry but always on mission.  Become an apprentice of Jesus.  Copy your Rabbi’s every move.  

In so doing, you will develop an entirely new system that will lead to better life results and away from the edge of delirium.