top3 for August 9, 2019

Here is a quick look at three things I’ve been reading or thinking about this week that impacted me the most.

#1

Going Home with Wendell Berry from The New Yorker

Local knowledge. Embracing limitations.

A good reminder that the source of life is always right in front of us. Being completely present in our current situation is the way to a better future and a healing of the past. God is not afraid of embracing limitations. Why would he choose to embody himself in the form of a human that we call Jesus? Because God is not afraid of limitations. Why would Jesus spend most of his ministry in and around Galilee instead of the major cities of the world to see the most people? Because God is not afraid of limitations and in fact works best in and through them.

Maybe, just maybe, your way forward is not in some new job or relationship? Maybe, just maybe, your best way to the future is to be very present in your present?

#2

Solitude well practiced will break the power of busyness, isolation, haste, and loneliness.

Dallas Willard

Being alone, productively, resets our lives. It breaks the chains of the treadmills we find ourselves on and connects us in true and authentic ways to others. It’s strange I know to say that being by ourselves makes us better with and for others. A good reminder for me this week for when I am feeling disconnected and anxious.

#3

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the entire earth, to strengthen those whose heart is true to him.

2 Chronicles 16.9 NRSV

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