I have been asked by some the “why” question concerning blogging. Which by the way is a good question to ask. Let me answer this way. Tom Peters, of In Search of Excellence fame, has an intriguing quote in his blog today. He calls the medium of sharing thoughts and ideas through blogs “grassroots brushfires”. Let me add that it is this open discussion where we can share ideas (some important, some not so important) and begin to dialogue about who we are as a church, society and individuals. Transformation begins with recognition. And Jesus calls us to a radically transformed life. By starting these “brushfires” of Godly ideas, we are suggesting an alternative to the materialistic, self-centered, dead-end ideas that are drowning our society. And we are doing it in a medium that is far more accesible (24/7/365) than one hour on Sunday morning. Meeting people where they are and offering Jesus, that is the answer to the question ‘why’.
Here is my obligatory post on the Olympics. My imagination has been captured by the site of all the ruins around Rome. Can you imagine what that place must have been like a couple thousand years ago? Absolutely the epicenter of the world. And look at it today, laying in ruins a mere shadow of its former life. I am beginning to realize that this happens to all of us as well. As our lives progress, what was very relevant, vibrant, and even vital in our life becomes “old news”. Think about all the “major” issues in your life that today are barely a blip on your memory screen. I believe that is why God calls us to focus on today in Matthew 6 and not on tomorrow or yesterday. Let yesterday go (learn from it of course but then move on) and be the best you can be today. How much time are we wasting worrying about yesterday or feeling guilt about yesterday? Today is a brand new day which God has entrusted to you and me. So let’s make it count.
You have got to take a look at this site. This guy, who goes by the name “Cave Dog” (long story), is a remarkable fellow. He travels to mountain ranges and then runs them. Actually there is much more to it than that but it is still way out there. Runner’s World, http://www.runnersworld.com, did a piece on him that detailed his travels across the Rockies and one other range. Pretty incredible the amount of time and effort that goes into something like this. The most intriguing thing to me is that he does it not for the glory or fastest time but he does it for the experience. Pushing himself to the ultimate limits helps him learn more about himself. That should be a lesson for each of us. God, at times, calls us out of our comfort zone and into some extreme situations. It is during these times (mission trips etc.) that we learn who we truly are and how important God is to us. Go Cave Dog go…
Let me begin by paraphrasing Matthew 7:3,”get the telephone pole out of your own eye before you look for the sawdust in your neighbors.” I do not want to cast any stones here, actually I think Gov. McGreevey did something today that we can all learn from. Regardless of the circumstances that led up to this confession, Gov McGreevey did an unbelievable stand up thing today. He faced the world, took all of the responsibilty for his actions and there consequences, and asked for forgiveness from everyone involved. May we all remember this example when we are faced with a similar situation in our own life. Hiding under a rock and hoping it will go away only makes the situation worse. Let God help you through any situation and he promises in James 1 that we will become stronger.
My readings have taken me past more than a few post-modern process theologians tonight. Why do we hide things behind hard-to-understand titles and concepts? When I look at Jesus’ life, the first thing that jumps out is the simplicity. By simplicity, I don’t mean unimportant or trivial. Quite the contrary. Jesus had this way of communicating deep, eternal, and relevant truth in less than two sentences. (eg. If you forgive others, God will forgive you. Mt 6:14). Here’s a thought: if you can’t explain it in two sentences, you don’t know it! I am stopping before you start counting my sentences.