Upside down


     I’m not a big fan of upside down pineapple cake. I love cake and pineapple but somehow when you turn it upside down and bake it together it just doesn’t seem right. There’s also that frustrating thing they do at the drive up window at Dairy Queen when you get an Oreo Blizzard and the person right before he hands it to you flips it upside down in an effort to show you how thick and creamy it is that nothing spills out! I find the whole exercise less amusing. I think I once said, “Can you not do that?” I didn’t get a reply. Lol, I know I have some deep seated issues that probably go back many generations!

     Often when we talk about the kingdom of God we refer to it as an upside down kingdom. If you want more then give away what you have. If you want to be the greatest be a servant. If you want to save your life you must be willing to lay it down. The thing is that it all seems like crazy talk until you start living it out and find it actually works. We give up our lives for so many other things without even thinking about it. We work ourselves ragged to earn more money and call it hustle. We chase after feelings and emotional highs through experiences and call it living out loud. We climb the ladder of success only to find it was leaning on the wrong wall.

     Jesus calls us to himself and his upside down kingdom. It is here that we will discover what true living is all about. We will find ourselves only after we have lost ourselves in him. One day we will have a different perspective and discover that his kingdom was right side up all along and it was us that were indeed living life upside down.

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