You know, in spite of the fact that Christianity speaks of the cross, redemption, and sin, we’re unwilling to admit failure in our own lives. Why? Partly because it’s human nature’s defense mechanism against its own inadequacies. But even more so, it’s because of the successful image our culture demands of us. There are some real problems with projecting the perfect image. First of all, it’s simply not true – we are not always happy, optimistic, in command. Second, projecting the flawless image keeps from reaching people who feel we just wouldn’t understand them. And third, even if we could live a life with no conflict, suffering or mistakes, it would be a shallow existence. The Christian with depth is the person who has failed and has learned to live with it.
– Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel
If you deal with this as I do – you are not alone. If you fall prey to the expectations of other – it’s OK. Don’t be distressed. You don’t have to do it on your own.
Let’s walk the path together.
“In faith there is movement and development. Each day something is new. To be Christian, faith has to be new – that is, alive and growing. It cannot be static, finished, settled. When Scripture, prayer, worship, ministry become routine, they are dead. When I conclude that I can now cope with the awful love of God, I have headed for the shallows to avoid the deeps. I could more easily contain Niagara Falls in a teacup than I can comprehend the wild, uncontainable love of God.”
– Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel
the Church has I have much to learn…
Dreams. Change. Intention.
These are words that have become a part of my vocabulary and a part of my streaming consciousness over the past several weeks. While unpleasant for many due to economic constraints, this past year has been the catalyst that’s reignited forgotten dreams and has brought about the desire to make changes that are more attuned to God’s dream for the lives of many people I know around the world.
I too have found myself on this path, going back to school, and am incredibly humbled to share my journey with others and vice-versa. It is sometimes hard for me to explain in my own walk when moments of unexplainable ‘tough’ periods crop up. For those on a possibly similar path, I’d like to share some encouragement from a favorite author of mine, Erwin McManus:
“I lament that it has become an accepted part of pop theology that the safest place to be is in the center of the will of God… Whatever the motivation, the result has brought more damage than good.The center of God’s will is not a safe place, but the most dangerous place in the world. To live outside God’s will puts us in danger, but to live in His will makes us dangerous. God moves with intentionality and power. When we begin to seize our divine moments, we do not begin to live risk-free, but instead become free to risk.Erwin McManus, Chasing Daylight (page 151)”
We are forging a new life, something we know to be unique to who we are and who God wants us to be. To my brothers and sisters on God’s journey: Stay strong, you’re not alone.
“I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said, I don’t know.” ~Mark Twain
A friend of mine posted this on his facebook profile earlier today and it really struck me as a superb quote. I later found this ‘interesting’ commentary on the internet.
How do you think this applies to social networking immersed lives? Do we always answer even when we don’t know what to say or don’t want to say anything?
What do you guys think?
“If it’s worth doing; it’s worth overdoing.”
– Adam Savage, MythBuster’s
QUOTE: In God we trust – all others must pay cash. — a friend trying to make the economy feel less painful. I know, it didnt quite make sense…
Those were the words uttered during a worship service, I attended yesterday evening, at my old campus ministry CCF on Thursday night.
Most years, Thursday would have been an evening to celebrate the end of the school, new graduates, and the coming of spring. On Thursday evening, however, dozens of classmates and friends gathered to say goodbye to a location – but a not the family – that gave so much to so many people.
CCF will be moving in two weeks to a new location – the new location is only a few blocks from the current location. The experience provided some interesting perspective on what a building or a piece of property should mean to a gathering of Christ Followers.
Continue reading “We’re Just Moving Home”
HG Wells – “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”