Newton's Laws of Motion

I wrote a blog last week and referred to a childhood game of spinning around a hockey stick, scrambling 20 feet and kicking a ball into a goal. I was once like a child playing that game—going around in circles, spinning my wheels, and never reaching the mark. I was chaff in the wind, a wanderer too afraid to stop and reflect.

I sit here today, reflecting on the past and trying to pinpoint specific changes in my life that may be worth taking a look at.

Now if you knew my science grade in high school, you'd probably click the little red ‘x’ at the top right hand corner of your screen (if you’re a Mac user, the top left) and disregard this piece of writing. I urge you not to!

Let’s look at Newton’s three laws of motion (The Law of Inertia, The Law of Momentum and The Law of Action and Reaction) and relate them to life and how we operate. Stay with me.

Newton’s first law of motion, The Law of Inertia, states that a body at rest tends to remain at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. The second law, The Law of Momentum, states that a body in motion tends to remain in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. 

Both laws have something in common: They keep doing what they're doing unless an outside force interferes. I can relate. Many times in my life, I've desperately needed the interference of something greater than myself, an outside force powerful enough to course correct for me.

My outside force was the same force that created the stars and called them by name. The same force that commanded the rain to fall for 40 days and 40 nights to destroy a fallen world. The same force that spoke to Elijah, not in the wind, an earthquake or a fire, but in a whisper. My outside force eventually became my inside drive. My force is my God.

I got caught up in the world of opportunity. Walking through every door that opened, assuming it was God’s will without ever stopping and asking what His calling for my life really was. Even when I did set off on the right path, I soon veered off of it. The words "stop" and "reflect" were not in my vocabulary. I was afraid of what I might find. 

Can anyone relate with me so far? If not, then you’ve been on better paths than I was.

The Law of Momentum: Learning to Be Still
"A body in motion tends to remain in motion unless acted upon by an outside force." Once you start moving and gaining momentum, it’s very difficult to bring yourself to a standstill. You become conditioned to your way of life and stopping or slowing down isn’t an easy option. You find comfort in your high speed lifestyle, and if you’re not careful, you may move so fast that you’re unable to see the wake of destruction left behind you.

It’s not worth it. Trust me. If you’re moving at that speed right now, I pray this blog may be the outside force that enables you to stop and reflect.

The Law of Inertia: Learning to Keep Going
"A body at rest tends to remain at rest unless acted upon by an outside force." Some of you may have stopped and never started again. I remember when I gave up in 2012. I told God to leave me alone and to never talk to me again. Perhaps you’ve been burnt by the church or failed your family. Maybe your business or ministry has fallen apart and you’ve decided you aren’t good enough to be used by God.

I distinctly remember thinking those kinds of thoughts, and I want to remind you that none of us are deemed good enough in our own strength for God. We don’t impress Him, and we aren't required to. We're in desperate need of Him in our lives and must trust that He'll deliver on His promise of giving us His perfect strength in our perfect weakness. He will (or already has) redeem the paths we once walked.

Without God as our outside force, either we continue spinning our wheels and wreaking havoc or we retreat into our own little worlds and never live the big life that God planned for us. 

Ask God this foundational question: “What are you calling me to do?” If you wait long enough, He will answer, and your life will take off in His desired direction.

Remember, good trees produce good fruit. We don’t water apples on an apple tree expecting a harvest. No. We water the tree and let the water sink deep into its roots. I encourage you to focus on your tree. Nourish the roots with the Lord's Word. Start with prayer—tell God how your heart feels today and thank Him for the ways He's blessed you.

Consider Newton's third law: "When a force is exerted, there is an equal and opposite force exerted against it." When we step out in faith, our lives start to look drastically different. It's then that we can expect, as the Bible tells us, opposition. In the midst of opposition, pray for peace and ask for courage. Julie said this in her last blog:

"I find that peace is almost always associated with God’s commands. God doesn’t promise us safe, comfortable living, but He does promise to never leave us. His commands may involve danger or risk to our physical bodies, but because His presence is with us, we experience peace amidst the difficulty. The hardest part about obeying a divine command is having the courage (and faith) to leap. Nike’s rather famous slogan “Just Do It” comes to mind. Seriously, if you’ve earnestly sought the Lord and received confirmation about a certain decision, just do it. Leap!"

Your life is unique. Ask God what He's put you on this earth to do and go from there. Next week, I'll talk about a few things that've helped me 1) establish clarity in my life and 2) define/understand the direction I'm moving in. 

The battle is already won, and the end result has been made known. Victory in Christ.

Heart to God.
Spread the Stoke.

Tony

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), photo credit: http://scienceworld.wolfram.com