Before I make this post I want to remind you that I know I am stuck on myself, but I have spent some time tonight reading through this blog. I started in January and just sort of started reading, like reading my diary or something. From time to time there are some really cool things in there. I know that sounds cocky, but there are things that I sure don’t remember writing. Below are some of my favorites and the pages they came from.
So what have we learned today? 1) Just take a moment and explain yourself in your emails. 2) Shane doesn’t do a very good job at living the Christian life 3) He already knows that and doesn’t need you to tell him 4) this blog is for people who understand lessons 1-3 5) if you don’t have your life together then this is the place for you, this is the place where you can come and feel like you aren’t alone in the world.
Christianity is a journey folks. We are all walking it together. We must put down the clubs we use to beat each other over the heads with and start trying to help each other along in love. None of us are getting it right, so none of us can feel superior. Next time you want to criticize someone else’s spiritual life: Relax, take a deep breath, and remember that God had to forgive you to.
I have to say that there are times when I wonder if God really answers prayers, because it seems like everything I pray for doesn’t really happen, and then there are nights like tonight. If I can’t see that God answers prayers in the simple things of tonight then my eyes are closed. It always seems to work that way, the things that I think are major life things I get a weird combination of silence and “no” from God, but on the things that I think are little–like having a room full of people worshiping God–seems to come through more times than not. What I am seeing is maybe my idea of what is important and God’s idea of what is important are two different things. Maybe God sees the things that I consider little from the perspective of eternity and sees them as major deals.
We started FAITH (our outreach ministry) back again tonight and it made this quote jump out at me. “It makes you wonder if guys like John the Evangelist and Paul and Moses wouldn’t look at our systematic theology charts, our lists and our mathematical formulas, and scratch their heads to say, Well, it’s technically true; it just isn’t meaningful.” (this quote from Donald Miller’s Searching for God Knows What)
There have been many times when I have look at plans for sharing the gospel and felt this exact same way. For some reason when you make a plan that is one-size-fits-all it ends up looking too much like a magic spell and too little like a relationship. The way some people practice evangelism it isn’t much different than someone performing and incantation.
Alright I am tired so this is really just a greatest hits of January. Maybe more later, or if you guys really want to stroke me ego give me your favorite Shane quotes. (Mayfield boys, Big gondolas don’t count.)