“If you must work to be something you prove yourself not to be the thing at all.” Andrew Murray
Knowing what does work can be helpful, but often knowing what doesn't work gives us more of an idea about how something really does work. It is more information on the road to discovery. I am still reading and jounraling through a book I love called Side Tracked in the Wilderness by Michael Wells. The following is a story from Chapter 3.
“One night a man lost his key to his house and, finding himself locked out, began to look for it under the streetlight. As the neighbors noticed the man they would ask what he was doing, and one by one they joined him in his search. Finally one of the neighbors asked the man, “Exactly where did you lose the key?”
The man replied, “over there by the house.”
The neighbor responded, “If you lost the key by your house, why are we looking under the light?”
The man answered, “I couldn’t see well enough where I lost it; I can only see under the light.”
The believer who has lost his joy and victory often looks where things appear to be clearest, not at the source of the defeat. Looking and Looking in the wrong places never yields the key to success, and just because there is a measure of light, this is no reason to continue.” Pg 28
Looking in the wrong place can be very frustrating. In this post I want to list a few things (there are much more) that don't work when you are longing and looking for a way to live your life to the full. These are places that may look clear, they seem like they should work, but they don't. They are the lamp post in the story. So without much ado here is a list of thing that don't work.
What doesn't work!
- Having correct doctrine
- Getting rid of the demons
- Having lots of knowledge
The church is cluttered with shipwrecked scholars who thought the Bible was written for understanding and did not recognize it was written to give life.” Pg 25
- Programs and methods
What have you found doesn't work?
“To the same degree that man loses his God consciousness, he increases the rules by which he lives.” Pg 23