The longer I journey with God on planet Earth, the less I believe in magic.
In fact, I will go so far as to say magic, far more than skepticism, is the enemy of all true faith.
Magic requires no effort. Magic just happens if I wait long enough.
Magic is a form of pretending.
It’s where it all works out in spite of reality and contrary to reality.
Our own choices aren’t important in a magical world. There are never bad consequences for any choices.
So there is never any need to change, to repent, to learn the hard way, to suffer, to be patient, or to grow up.
It’s like a bad sitcom where the characters make the same stupid choices week after week, are none the worse for wear, and come back in the next episode to do it all over again while we watch.
We look for magical experiences at magical places through magical leaders who perform magical shows to make magical things happen while we, the passive many, watch, applaud, pay, and praise them after the show.
Some of us are looking for political magic–the right party with the right programs with the right leader will make everything all better right away.
More spending, less taxes, and no deficits.
Some of us are looking for entertainment magic–the right network or label with the right programs with the right artist will make everything all better, right away.
More watching, less activity, and no obesity.
Other are looking for religious magic–the right church with the right programs with the right leader will make everything all better right away.
More services, less commitment and sacrifices, and no cross.
Some of us are looking for relationship magic–the right partner with the right body with the right personality will make everything all better right away.
More taking, less commitment and giving, and no ring.
One of the most painful steps towards growing up emotionally is giving up the magic.
It’s where we stop denying there’s a problem, and give up on denial.
It’s where we admit we’re wrong, out of control, can’t wish our problems away, and can no longer pretend we can manage it all.
It’s where we take full responsibility for ourselves, and hand back to all others the responsibility for their own self as well.
It’s where we come under God, get small and lowly, and hand ultimate, final responsibility back to Him.
It’s extremely painful.
Which is why most people relapse back into magical thinking.
It is hard to be relentlessly, ruthlessly honest with ourselves, with God, and with other people.
It is hard to look reality square in the face and not flinch and say, “That’s me!”
It’s hard to admit, “I will never be able to fix, save, rescue, or make all better anyone–even myself!”
It’s hard to give up the role of hero, messiah, and handyman.
But it is absolutely necessary if we’re going to seek and find the Truth.
America is full of magical politics, magical churches, magical shows, and magical coupling.
It doesn’t do us a bit of good because magic changes nothing. Nothing!
Tired of pretending? Exhausted from fixing? Worn out by being indispensable? Fed up with denial?
Let go of the magic. Face reality. Humble yourself. Repent. Return to God. Take responsibility.
With His help, start taking the actions that, deep down, you’ve known you’ve needed to take all along.
Then you’ll actually get somewhere in life!