“Here hold my box,” I said shoving a sizeable brown box into my friend’s hands.
“What, why? What’s in the box! What’s in the box, Matt! What’s in the box?” they said trying to be funny.
“Oh nothing, just God.” I folded my arm’s and closed my eyes with a satisfied smile on my face.
“No way. How did you get God in a box? That is like catching a rare Pokemon.” They said looking in amazement at the box.
“Nah, it was easy, God let me do it. He said I could put him in the box as long as I was willing to deal with the consequences.”
“What consequences?” They said now a bit concerned holding the box away from them.
“Bah, nothing serious. He just said that I would have to manage life on my own if I kept him in the box. Fine by me. I am awesome.” I stuck my chest out and walked off leaving my friend holding the box.
Two months later:
“Hey man, I still have that God box you gave me. What do you want me to do with it?” My friend asked, with a concerned look on his face. He was staring at me, and I could tell what he was thinking. What happened to this guy covered in dirt and grime, smelling to high heaven and swaying either exhausted or drunk?
“Please, you gotta open the box to let God out. I was wrong; I have no idea how to handle my life. Everything I had worked so hard for is gone.” I was pleading with my friend weary and exhausted from two months of Hell.
“Uh, ok man relax. I have the box right here. Oh, hold on it say’s here on the top that you have to open it. I can’t do it for you.” My friend looked at me with pity in his eyes.
“Fine get out of the way, I will do it. God please, no more boxes. You can take every aspect of my life and do with it what you will.”
With that the box flew open and like a genie bursting from a magic lamp the unlimited beliefs of a God of my understanding began to change every broken and ruined thing in my life, restoring it all. But I had to allow God to do it. I had to open the box and get out of the way.
I’ learning through the program of AA that my character defects keep me from being of full service to God and Others. Those defects are essentially a box that I shove God into. Self-doubt, ego, Narcissism, arrogance, and so many more. By asking God to remove the things that limit me, I unbox an Unlimited God into my life.
Because the reality is I am no fortune teller or prophet. I am not the smartest or most handsome or interesting man in the world. Pretending that I am any of these things is saying that I am the pinnacle and I limit myself from growth. I limit myself from others where I could learn or love. I must not be so Overconfident in my ability that I allow it to kill me before my time. Instead, I discover that I can live the most incredible and beautiful life I could ever imagine by unboxing God and getting out of the way.
Life is better that way; It is for me at least.
Have a great day.