I've been sleeping like a baby up here, but for the first time since I've arrived, I'm having trouble falling asleep. It might have to do with seeing "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" which is a narrative about the joyful sufferings of life, death and everything in between. It begs the question, What defines age? And more importantly, What defines you?
What do I let define me? Am I a seminary student? Graphic designer? Lover? Fighter? Passivist? Activist? Honest? Manipulative? Can I be all and none at the same time? I could either denounced all the good and the bad that is in me and say that nothing on this earth defines me; or I could embrace the good, bad and ugly, knowing full-well that God is going to use the whole of me to accomplish his work.
That might have not made sense, but I'm not going to correct it if it didn't. After all, "There are no rules to this thing." That quote (from the movie) may make more of an impact on me than most I hear from a pulpit or a stage on any given Sunday. We don't know what is going to be handed us. Who knows what hand we'll be dealt? Certainly no human can know.
My friend once told me he had one of his most powerful worship experiences during a "secular" concert. What does that simple statement say about how God works? Are we so blind and ignorant to believe that God only works through the church? How much of a boundary we place on God if we hold to it that only Christians can complete his work! And if you disagree with this statement, I very much welcome your response.
Here's a challenge:
How much of what you believe comes out of felt stories and VBS skits? Have you stepped back lately and evaluated what you believe? You may not want to. The thought may make you figet in your seat a bit. But seriously ask yourself why you believe in a God that sends hurricanes to destroy cities, death into an already unstable family, an economic crisis into one of the most powerful countries in the world, a shooter into a college campus, addictions to struggling pastors, hurts in any and every way to anyone and everyone with what seems to be no rhyme of reason. I have an idea as to why I still believe (and even why these things make my belief stronger), but I'm curious as to why you do...