....instigated the long, painful yet necessary process, of my evaluating which parts of my worldview are holy and which are lies that my culture has propogated. Intrinsic to this, and arguably more important has been my wrestling with who God really is - what is true, and what are the christian cultural lies that I have automatically believed?
In Christianity, faith, hope, and love, are the big three. Yet, I think that often we forget about hope, and shift our focus, perhaps slightly too much, onto only faith and love. After a low period, I began to read Theology of Hope by Jürgen Moltmann.
It is invasively isolating to be somewhere without close friends and family... my inner-world and reflective capacity soared, and thus so too did my self-confidence. What I don't realise however, is that when I am dancing for so long in my inner-world, I actually get worn out from not being with and participating in the life of others.
Sometimes I have such clarity. My being knows it's maker. My heart is at rest. Though my mind may float around with the wind, it knows where to return to; the heart and mind are in sync. I expect goodness from my God; I am sure of who I am as His child. Then... Continue Reading →
The concept of rights seems to underpin a lot of Western thought and responses to world crises. It effects how people relate to one another, whether they assert their individual rights, or whether they submit to another. In God's eyes, are we entitled to anything? I think our sense of entitlement is one of the root causes of tensions and arguments between people.
There is an intrinsically close tie between the temptations Jesus faced and the spiritual battles that we face in our own lives.
Be patient with yourself. Give yourself time. If you aren't doing okay at the moment, don't tell yourself that you aren't doing good enough, or that you're not being a good follower of Jesus. Give yourself some grace, and be kind to yourself.
...maybe you have to give up the idea you have of who you want to be, and give in to God's ability to fashion you into the person He wants you to be. Give up trying so hard to render yourself into who you think is the best person you can be, because God may have a different idea.
Grace is less of an abstract concept than sometimes I would like it to be. When it stays abstract we can still think we are in control our perfection. When it isn't abstract anymore it continuously hits us like massive smooch on your cheek that leaves a lipstick stain that we just can't manage to get off! Grace... Continue Reading →