God isn't far away from any of us..

God, who made the world and everything in it, is Lord of heaven and earth. He doesn’t live in temples made with human hands. Nor is God served by human hands, as though he needed something, since he is the one who gives life, breath, and everything else. ... In fact, God isn’t far away from any of us. In God we live, move, and exist. As some of your own poets said, ‘We are his children.’
Acts 17:24-28

What a beautiful passage of Scripture. I hear no exclusion in it. Very wonder-full.

When I subconsciously compartmentalize God's presence out of my own life, I begin operating as if my only way to find happiness is in manipulation and acts of desperation and self-centeredness. I instantly digress to a survivalist mentality. At times when I awake to God's presence within, the weight of circumstances and challenges dissipates, nearly without my noticing. Everything is an opportunity and a gift once it is opened up.

When I subconsciously or theologically compartmentalize God's presence out of other people's lives, I begin treating them like obstacles in the way of my journey, completely overlooking the wonder-full Reality. It results in my only experiencing one half of the abundant life that Jesus offers.

The way I see it, we need two wings to fly: Christ in me, and Christ in others. Without seeing Christ in me, I scurry the grounds with anxiety like the quail running franticly across the road when it could very well just fly. And without seeing Christ in others, I am prone to moping around in my own self-righteousness and a becoming bitter at the sight of those soaring the skies. When I see Christ both in myself and in others, I am able to ascend from my limited view of life and see a Bigger Picture.

We are all His children.

Josh Pinkston