Part I

Rip Van Winkle was a fictional character created by Washington Irving, America’s first internationally acclaimed author.  The story gives one the impression Mr. Van Winkle was a contradiction when it came to avoiding his responsibilities. A trickster of sorts. He was always eager and willing to help his neighbors; but hated to work for profit on his own farm. Which was why his farm was in such ill repairs. I suppose he was oblivious to Sir Thomas Browne’s saying, “charity begins at home”. Which explains why the town’s people liked him so much and his wife was totally exasperated by his shenanigans. Thus Dame Van Winkle is pictured as somewhat of a nag. But due to Rip’s slippery disposition one can feel somewhat sympathetic towards her.

As the story goes, Rip Van Winkle, trying to find peace of mind from his wife, takes off with his trusty rifle and dog, Wolf, to the Catskill Mountains. He came upon dwarfs playing nine pins who drank a beverage out of flagons. Once he’d tasted the beverage; kept stealing a sip of the drought until he passed out. Upon waking, unknown to Rip; he’d been asleep for twenty years. He did not look the same and although some things were still familiar to him—everything had changed.

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (Romans 13:11-14)

Is your life an example of the Rip Van Winkle Effect? On the paths to your destiny there are many caves and pits. Do not allow the spirit of rejection to throw you into the Pit of Low Self-Esteem. It will place you in the grips of procrastination. And procrastination has the aptitude for lulling you to sleep with the fears of rejection and failure. You know, fear of the unknown? You cannot analyze those projections with any known algorithms.

In this place you will find everything in your life is void since you are living in a world of discarded realities. You cannot draw water from an empty well. Mr. Van Winkle tried this technique for years and it was not working for him. Is it working for you? This decision placed his feet on the wrong path. You have to take what you’ve got to get what it takes. To find your true purpose, you must let go of all those things keeping you imprisoned in the stone of constant tragedy. Thus finding the right path leading to the love of God where he can carve out the beauty of his purpose in your life.

In Mr. Van Winkle’s case, he was so busy trying to keep from doing what he should have done; he lost sight of his purpose altogether. He never came into the realization of his true purpose. His walk to the Catskills is a clear example, how a rebellious attitude will leave you walking further away from a destiny; with which you never had an opportunity to become acquainted. Always remember, rebellion begins in the heart. The bible says rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and the longer you allow it to reign in your heart; you prolong the possibility of ever seeing your destiny fulfilled. (I Samuel  15:23)

May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Stay tuned for the conclusion next week….Blessings and Peace!

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