Tuesday, January 23, 2007

 

Not about me

Its not about me. Really. The rest of the american culture says "Its about you! You are important, you need X, you deserve to be happy, you deserve X, the world revolves around YOU!" Ok, so maybe it doesn't just come out and say it, but if you listen closely and read the messages behind the ads, behind the movies, often you'll hear that.

One thing though; a contradiction of sorts is this: check your attitude. Its about your attitude. If Christ doesn't shine through me, I'm worthless. God is love. 1 Corinthians says, paraphrased, "If I have faith, works, knowledege, miracles, wonders, power, etc., but have not Love, I am nothing." Loving people is hard.

Sometimes I really want to have a better attitude, more love for people, less love for self and stuff. I can only change my atttitude so much, God has to work inside me to get the big changes out.

Waiting in faith until my life is transformed completely....

Monday, December 25, 2006

 

bubbles and Christmas

Subtitle: Individuality and relationships

So how does one coexist in relationship with others except to be reasonably unselfish? Ok, I guess that's maybe a stretch, there are relationships where we're pretty selfish in our motivations for pursuing and maintaining them, but essentially, to really be loving in a relationship involves a lot of unselfish behavior.

Christmas is the perfect example. Of course we want to see our families, (well, most of us do anyway), but we can't help but be more than eager to rid ourselves of their clutches after a day or two if we're honest, some folks can take a week before the whining starts. Parents are great we're really a product of them. But we like our own patterns, our own space, our own bubble.

Silly me sits here and pines for fjords...oops, I mean, the olden days when everybody lived without TV, cell phones, internet, etc, but doesn't realize that would mean a heavy dose of family more often.

Family is a good place to learn to love. Good place to learn to sacrifice. Good place to learn good communication and practice poor communication.

Hmmm.

(singing) "He's still working on me...to make me what I ought to be...it took Him just a week to make the moon and the stars, the sun and earth and Jupiter and Mars. How loving and patient He must be...'cause He's still working on me."

Waiting in faith for God to finish his work. Waiting in Faith for patience and love to be a family man.

Monday, September 11, 2006

 

Silence

When was the last time you had silence? When was the last time you sat down to watch the sunset? I don't do this enough so I have trouble hearing God's voice. Too much radio, activity, etc keeps my mind from being still.

Waiting in faith for when we can hear.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

 

Simplify

Ours is a broken and fallen world. Somehow we've missed all that life should be about and gotten caught up in materialism, business and self worship. I was just away over the weekend in rural PA and remembered how simple life could be. I've lived in other countries and its always a shock to the system when I return to the clutter that we have in our lives, me in my suburban middle class, white, protestant bubble.

12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12 (New International Version)

22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
James 1:22-24

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Lord help me to focus on the things that really matter.
Waiting in faith for His renewal,

Friday, August 25, 2006

 
Quick rant of the day: Why does everything have to be about sex? BBC has an article about this 8 year old girl who was kidnapped and spent the last 10 years in some weirdo's basement. The article says they're investigating sexual abuse. The American counterpart, CNN, headlines the girl as a sex victim. There's 3 hours difference in the posting times, but I can't belive that they did a DNA test in those three hours.

Ok now on to the thought of the day: a quote from another blog site, Death by Suburb. "Perhaps that’s one thing that I mean by less religious: you don’t need to talk so much. You know that the gospel is primarily about doing, not yapping. Yappers splash around in the shallow parts."

Lets live our faith, not just talk it.

"So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure." Phil 2: 12-13 NASB

Thursday, August 24, 2006

 

First Post

So here I am world; tada! I made it. Ok, so its not a MySpace site, but hey I still don't have a cell phone so its not like it really matters.

Unfortunately I don't really have anything specific to ramble on right now.

On second thought though, I do. A large church near by me has had a pretty decent young adult program going for some years. Just this summer they decided to 86 the venture because they thought it might be competition for a new worship service that they're trying to cultivate. This program though was were I had most of my friends and was a major social network for me and so when the doors closed, I was pretty disappointed. I'll admit too that I am hurt by the decision to stop. I guess I'm a little bitter too because I'm still thinking about it now.

What bugs me more though is that everything about the new service is too perfect it seems. On paper everything is stated so as to be as politically and spiritually correct as possible. It just seems like too much spin on it or something. Everything seems too lovey-dovey, to experiential, post-modern, emergent or something.

Can it be that something can be too perfect? I think that perhaps I'm bothered by it is because everything is said just so, but no details are given, nothing is hard and fast. I think that the church today needs to be more black and white. This is totally politically incorrect, but I think that is why we need to do it. Our world is convoluted by the idea that life revolves around ME, and that whatever I believe is ok and if I don't like it, then its somebody's fault that I'm not happy. Its all a crock and pack of lies that life is all about me.

The Message says :
So God said, in effect, "If that's what you want, that's what you get." It wasn't long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!

NIV :
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Romans 1:25 www.biblegateway.com

The idea of Jesus as a revolutionary is something the churches in my area haven't embraced. We're all so stuck in our ways of WASP suburbanism that we're pretty much useless somedays. I think some days the Christian community in North America would be better off with a little persecution to get us to realize that there is power in God's word. We need a good shaking.

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