A great chasm has been fixed between us and no one can pass from us to you or from there to us. Jesus speaks of a chasm in eternity, a gap in the life to come. We should not be surprised that such gaps, such chasms exist, because we have allowed them to exist in almost every facet of our life. Chasms exist between rich and poor, black and white, gay and straight. Chasms exist in our families, our communities, and in our own hearts.
So this week, pay attention to the chasms. Open your eyes and see the grand canyon that separates you from your neighbors, from your family, from your own vulnerable heart. And this week, step out across a chasm. We serve a chasm-crossing Lord, who is surely and truly binding the world back together into one. So step out into a chasm with him. You may be surprised at how small that chasm actually is.
Or if you want another assignment - pay attention to 1 Timothy 6:6 - "Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment." Contentment is an overlooked Christian virtue, but it is the key to having God's joy always with us. To nurture that virtue, it is necessary to say no to the DIScontenment that advertising and the culture and our hearts always brings to our minds. Catch yourself this week desiring something that some advertising has convinced you will make you happy, and then say NO to it. Just stopping the discontent voice one or two times will give your contentment more room to flourish. And remember - good enough is the new perfect.