On my 30th birthday, I walked into my office for the final time and walked out with the second biggest weight I have ever carried gone.
There is this toxic idea out there that love is all about me. If one day a person stops fulfilling my needs, I can leave because I am unsatisfied. But love with you in the center is not love, it is narcissism and arrogance.
What do we do with the things we cannot forget? How are we to move beyond what to us feels unforgivable? What happens when someone appears one day that threatens to undo our fragile peace? So are the questions at the heart of These Nameless Things.
There are only 19 days until the election. The reality is, regardless of who wins, there is going to be a group of people who are jubilant and a group of people who are terrified. The question is, will we reach out or will we hunker down?
I went into the hike with such anticipation. God, take this experience and change me. I had no idea what He wanted to do but I was open. Lord, we have 24 miles - let’s get some stuff on (and off) the table. I’m ready! But at the end of it I felt - nothing! Did I miss something or did I need to remember a pebble size lesson there on the canyon floor?
I cannot love you and envy what you have. I cannot love you and be jealous of your position, your marriage, your home life, your children, your place. Envy left unchecked can lead to a lifetime of covetousness. Jealousy, envy, comparison, coveting - they are off-shoots of the same weed. And love frees us from all of them
It is by our actions, what we do and what we do not do, that God is displayed in the world. When we are willing to step in and love for the long haul or be kind to one who simply is not God is given space and the ability to change people (and us).
We look for God in all the wrong places. He will not be found in a party, in the laws we pass, or the justices we approve. God is found in acts of service, solitude, prayer, submission, ways Foster beautifully outlines in his book.
We are 40 days from the election. At this point, I assume you know who you are going to vote for. Instead of focusing on what is largely decided individually - I am going to focus on what we do come November 4th - regardless of who wins.