April 30, 2014

Joyful people are not perfect people they are just people who understand the tension between two worlds.

John S. Mogabgab writes:

“Jesus’ high priestly prayer (John 17) reveals that there are indeed two worlds in which we must learn to live.  One is the world both John and Paul understand to be marked by division, confusion, and hostility.  The other is the realm of Christ characterized by reconciliation, understanding, and peace.  We are called to live in the first in a manner that reveals that we belong to the second.”

My view of living just a bit off-center is a life of striving for perfection, and it’s a knowledge of understanding that we are not there yet.  But as we live that off-center life we live in this world as a signpost pointing to the next.  And as we catch visions of reconciliation, understanding and peace we share in those visions by helping to promote them.

That may seem a bit like scooping the ocean with a teaspoon as we see all of the areas that needs to experience God’s transforming power, but we continue on in an attempt to help bring to this world God’s kingdom as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).  Perfection.

True joy results from this understanding of perfection and gives knowledge that:

Joy is not the result of perfection, rather, joy is the result of striving for perfection.

Peace

Jim

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