Tuesday Tidbits

April 6, 2010 at 7:24 pm 2 comments

The weather is simply stunning.  I went home for Easter.  The bus didn’t break down.  I’m wearing my favorite skirt.  I love my friends.  I’m having a Disney movie night on Saturday.  Life is good. 

That’s what’s going on with me. 

In other news, my newest article is up on Bloom! – perhaps you can relate?

“Singleness is not about doing something but about responding to Christ’s invitation […]  We celebrated Easter yesterday. We remember his love that is stronger than death, remember how he rescued, ransomed, and redeemed us. He took our debt upon himself and fought to set us free. Christ desires us to draw near to him and know him. And as Elliot writes, Christ invites us into the special mystery of Christ and the Church. Will we answer his invitation?”  Read the rest here.

And sort of going along with this, my new blog friend Annie has written a fantastic article about what it means – and what it takes – to get serious about following Christ.  I think she’s spot-on when she writes, “I believe the greatest problem facing our generation is that those who profess Christ do not live Him. We don’t understand what it’s like to truly burn for Him, because so much clutters our lives.” 

And our lives are cluttered; we want to hold on to some of the fun things of this world – be as close to the line between Christian and “normal” as we can.  The tragic result is that sometimes the line isn’t even there any more.  What ever happened to Jesus’s promises that “They will know you are Christians by your love”, or to have an answer ready when people ask about the hope we have?  We are supposed to radiate difference.  When is the last time someone thought you were different?  When is the last time you wanted them to?  Don’t we always just want to blend in, to be like everyone else, to have our cake and eat it too? 

Right now, we’re giving the world an awful picture of Christianity.  Why would they want a lame imitation of what they already have?  And we’re shortchanging ourselves.  We’re settling for so much less.  Consider these words from C.S. Lewis in his book The Weight of Glory:

“Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak.

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

I am far too easily pleased.

What if…I chose to look up and seek the higher pleasures, instead of being perfectly pleased with mud pies?  What if I chose to throw away the clutter, the hindrances, and “run with endurance the race that is set before [me]”.  What if I chose to answer the invitation, the dare, to know the God of the Universe, to love Him and experience Him like never before? 

He’s been speaking to my heart this past week, showing me that this time, this season – everything I have is a gift given that I might know Him more deeply. 

And this is my prayer.  That I might not be satisfied with those things that can never truly satisfy.  That I would let go of the things that are holding me back.  That I would simply dive into God and find in Him more than I could imagine. 

That I would know Him and love Him like never before.

As Annie says, I think I’m getting on the ride of my life.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Becca Anne  |  April 7, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Mm, yes. Thank you for the reminder. I’ve been playing with too many mud pies this semester.

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  • 2. Annie  |  April 9, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Megan,
    I agree with you. We’re indeed too easily pleased. I’m tired of coasting through life, tired of not being challenged on account of what I say I believe. I love that you wrote, “When is the last time someone thought you were different? When is the last time you wanted them to?” I didn’t even consider that aspect of it. We need to be found different, need to be questioned on our faith, need to have answers for those questions.
    I will be praying for you as you dive into more of Jesus.
    And thanks for the shout-out. :]
    Annie

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