Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Random Thoughts of Miscellaneous Import

Written on 5/27/09
The lovely wife and I are about to share in an experience that thousands have shared before … but it’s taking us into uncharted emotional territory. It’s one thing when your child goes to preschool for the first time … or to middle school … or to high school. None of those developmental milestones changes life and family relationships quite so much as when he graduates from high school. This is the first time the lovely wife and I have traveled these waters … and though we know we will make it through, there is still a smorgasbord of emotion (some good, some not so good) associated with this leg of the journey. It’s all new and weird to us … every last bit of it. The next few weeks (and years) will be anything but boring.

Andrew Guuru from Kenya was with us Sunday morning. His accent made him a bit difficult to understand at times, but he said at least one thing that was tremendously clear to me. I hope you heard it. It was in the form of a Kenyan proverb: “If you want to go very fast, travel alone. If you want to go very far, take someone with you.” He then related that to between FBC Clinton and the village of Karima … and our partnership with God in it all. It is a two-way bridge. We have already provided them with a well, but there are things that money can’t buy that we will receive from them as well.

My final random thought comes from actress and comedienne Susan Isaacs in an interview I heard on Tuesday. She has just written a book called “Angry Conversations with God: a Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir.” Susan has had roles in movies and sit-coms, but wrote this book out of her faith pilgrimage as a believer in Jesus Christ whose life fell apart (she said it was like a country music song without the really nice chord progressions) and how God really became real to her amid the mess. I don’t have the book, but the interview made we want to get it. And people who hear her and read her material begin to do the same. There were several things that she said in the interview that caught my attention, but the most profound was this (and she saved it for last):
The thing that I had to learn about God is that I had to learn to love Him for who He was, not what I could get out of Him. Because I realized that if it was a marriage, then I had married God for His money. … That was the moment I realized, “Wow. I’m a gold-digger.”

The marriage reference is from John Eldridge’s The Sacred Romance which she mentioned earlier in the interview. I’m going to add her book to my wish list. It will have plenty of company on the list, but I also have several books already in my possession that I need (and want) to read.

That’s enough to think about for now. The peace of Christ to you.


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