I am about to re-read a book I read a few years ago. I remember reading along and thinking,
“Wow! You mean somebody else thinks that way?”
The book helped me understand my thoughts and beliefs from a different perspective. The title is: “ A New Kind of Christian,” by Brian McLaren.
Especially in a time when Christianity seems to have been hijacked by the agenda of many, the term “new kind of Christian” is even more appealing to me.
It just seems that we people have put so many prerequisites on what a follower of Jesus looks like that it’s easy to get lost in interpretation and miss out on the love that has no prejudgments. (The only prejudgment is that we are all objects of God’s love and are in need of forgiveness)
I realize that my thoughts and beliefs are sometimes contrary to what mainstream Christianity has become. But I have spent a lot of time seeking to understand my feelings in light of God’s love through Jesus. It is Jesus, the exact representation of God’s mind, that has given me peace with my beliefs.
I haven’t written much since I retired a year ago. I’ve spent so much time out working around the house (I painted the house last summer) and working in my shop building everything from tables to shelves to birdhouses to wooden puzzles.
I have had a lot of time to think though.
Much of my thoughts have been centered around how easy it is for people to be influenced thereby controlled. I am amazed at how many lives have been taken captive by fear. People seem to follow the loudest voices when true wisdom comes from the quieter, still, small voice…a voice that can be heard above the noise if we put ourselves in positions to hear.
I am continually reminded of Elijah the prophet on the mountain of God when Elijah was running from his enemy. On the mountain Elijah experienced an earthquake, a terrible fire that scorched the rocks, along with a wind that broke the rocks and caused an awful stir.
But after the fire and the wind Elijah heard a still small voice telling him to go and do the next thing God had in mind for him. No time to fear, no time to complain, no time to make excuses…just go and do the next thing.
Elijah’s world was causing fear and attempting to control him through that fear…but to his credit he listened, heard and obeyed God’s call.
It’s been so long since I have written that it’s embarrassing. This past year has been a year of getting used to retirement and filling my time with so many things I never had time to do before.
Yesterday was Thanksgiving and I took the usual pictures of the four daughters.
I’ll try and write more later…
“…whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about these things…and the God of Peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8 )
I’ve been working on this for a while, I did pretty good at one time and then something stepped in between…
What I have learned over time is that if we are diligent, if we make an intentional effort each day (sometimes each hour of the day) to focus and think, we will find and notice the admirable as well as all the other characteristics too.
And peace follows.
I find that when peace has it’s way with me I am a much happier person.
What beautiful words and how much effort it is to live them.
“Rejoice in the Lord always, and I say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all…”
Write these words on your heart today and notice the beauty around you.
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