Sunday, April 10, 2011
Gah! I have been soaking on this song all weekend. And this one too! You simply have to listen to them :) Warning: you will want to dance. It just happens.
Yesterday, while I was at church, I couldn't help but smile when I heard the whisper of the Spirit tell my soul that I'm missing it.
I'm missing it!
We are missing it.
What, you may wonder? Dare I be so crass as to say the point of life? Yes, yes, I dare.
Sitting at the Coffee Shop afterward, catching my journal up to speed on the state of my life, I found myself processing the aforementioned whisper. I found myself asking: "What do you mean? What am I missing?"
Again, it came! This time with greater fervor. "Wake up! You are missing it!"
I scribbled the following down, just as quick as it came to me...
"You are missing the point of life. The point of your life is not to accumulate pleasant experiences, financial security, or safety of person at the expense of being complacent in society, tongue tied when it comes to the truth and unwilling to do the uncomfortable. That is not faith. This is not the purpose of life.
The purpose of life is to lose it --literally, to kill it off-- and to find it abundantly in Jesus. It is to hunger and thirst --not for Mickey D's and Rum & Coke-- but for righteousness; for eternal bread and living water. To be poor, but have it all, satisfied. To be bold, at the cost of being offensive. To be generous and to accept the generous gift of the Good News.
You're missing it Kel, and all it takes to be placed back on track is surrender and trust; trust in the sacrifice of Jesus, that His offering was enough to atone for your falleness. Trust that He will keep His promise and bring you, your life --as messy as it is-- to completion. On THAT day, you will be perfect -- not because of you, but all because of Jesus. Wake up. Don't miss out on this..."
Can you tell that I am smiling right now? If I could, I would crawl through this screen and whisper these words to you too. And then kiss you on the cheek and send you on your merry way.
For the past two years, I have struggled with the notion of the American Dream. I find incongruities between the American Dream and the life Jesus desired for His followers. If we are being honest, how do we justify the lives we, as believers, are living in America?
Help me out. Am I missing something? What do you have to say? What do you think?? If you were to follow the example that Jesus left, would it look like the life -- the American Dream -- that you are currently living?
Great is God, and great is His faithfulness in my life. I don't have answers as to what my future will look like, but I am excited for the Spirit to lead me on this great adventure. The Great Adventure.
(Texting while driving? Naaaa. I take pictures!)
(pre 4.5 mile run)
(I kind of like him)