A Great Adventure
The life of the Christian is a great adventure in learning to be truly human in all of its aspects, including the great adventure of living in community with others. Chaplain Mike from the InternetMonk. Sometimes I wonder if we are doing a really huge disservice to our Lord, and to ourselves, when we stray from the idea that being a follower is first, a great adventure (we never really know what is ahead of us on this road we are walking), second, learning to be truly human (as we think we know it but we really are foolish to think such a thing for very long) and third, it’s about being in a community.
I know some people in our community that are really good at planning, and sometimes it gets to a point of planning out everything step by step. Now not that planning is a bad thing, and being “spontaneous” can lead to some really hard places, but that planning everything to the last detail can be a little overwhelming and frustrating when you hit that brick wall when your plans don’t pan out all that well. So maybe thinking out loud here, dissing over-planners is just as hurtful as dissing “seat-of-the-pants” thinkers.
A prayer from time to time, Lord let your will and your Word (both senses here, Jesus as logos and the Bible) through the Holy Spirit be a lamp unto my feet (Psalm 119:105). Back in the day when that Psalm was written there weren’t any of those new fangled things with the super halogen beams and such things. A lantern and that was good for only so many feet around the lantern. Moving too fast forward or just deciding to go sideways could really hurt your feet. And there is that set of verses from the prophet Micah about how the Lord has told us already what is important, and the third part of that is “walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) – not too fast but also not dancing here and there and all around.
And now a hard one – becoming truly human. Tons of electronic ink has been and will be spilled on that one. But this reminds me of the young men we talked to the other day. They are in a place where they believe they have the right answer to all things with their idea that everything is everything and all things are possible/potential. Maybe so but something tells me not really. Paul the Apostle tells us being and becoming truly human means letting God and stopping my heart’s desires, “So our faces are not covered. They show the bright glory of the Lord, as the Lord’s Spirit makes us more and more like our glorious Lord.” (2 Cor. 3:18, CEV). John tells us our final form will be like Jesus (not Jesus but like him), “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared (as Paul says we are in the process of becoming); but we know that when He appears we shall be like him.” Truly human means becoming more and more like the one human who was fully God and fully human I think.
Then being in community. In reality, nothing matters if it is not within community. What if God created us to be people who need, make that crave, relationship? What would we look like if we joined in with a community that sought out this great adventure, aiming toward being authentic people, all the while walking arm in arm rather than climbing over?
What do you think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.