Sunday, November 28, 2004

So much to be thankful for...

I'm getting ready for bed rethinking this past week of "Thanksgiving"... If you don't know I spent the week in Houston and in LA with some of my most beloved friends in the world...

Currently I'm reading a book by Leonard Sweet entitled Out of the Question... Into the Mystery. I'm only a third of the way through the book however Sweet has hammered on the idea of God being a relational God. He makes several conclusions that I'm sure I'll talk about in more detail later as to how we can't even come close to proper obedience (even if acting obedient) without a proper relationship (what Sweet refers to as relationship, I would use a different word; maybe fellowship).

Anyways my epiphany of sorts brews out of this as follows... If God created us to be relational and that's what He longs for... There has got to be something to our relationships here and now... I'm sure this is not rocket science nor do I intend it to be... BUT from a guy who has been really busy the past few months and just had a chance to slow down a bit with some people that he loves, Man... there is something to this relationship thing... Something inside you can't help but come alive when you're loving someone or get this... letting someone love you.

I guess what I'm trying to remind myself is that this life is about loving God and loving people. And in order to love God and love people I have to spend time with God and people... I don't mean spend time like scheduled prayer and reading time or a scheduled lunch appointment with a friend. I am referring to real time with no agenda other than just to be together and love each other.

This past week I have learned something I have always known and I still don't completely understand it... There is something special about just being with people that you care about and that care about you... In the craziness of life may we stop for a few and be thankful for those in our lives... And may we stand in awe of a God who created us in a way that we would come alive at the very thought of love and one who loves us far beyond our own comprehension...

3 comments:

jda said...

amen, brother!! it was so great to have ya hear these past few days. it feels wierd with you not around. i totally agree with you - and i think your thoughts directly relate to the sabbath. maybe we should think about reclaiming that idea. the sabbath is a beautiful thing.

peace bro- see ya soon

aca said...

good to hear from you...and to meet you! take care of that FABULOUS wife of yours. be in touch!

amanda

Anonymous said...

totally! :)

we really do have soo soo much to be thankful for. i've been reading this book God Chasers recently, and that exact topic was hit on. how God wants to be your best friend. He wants to be a part of everything that you do. not just a part of the time that you spend in prayer, or at church, or at praise gatherings. it was a really new idea to me. having God part of everything. sounds amaazing.
the book also said something really pertenant to me. it said that prayer is our time to talk to God, but meditation (on scripture) is the time that God is allowed to talk back to us. - i didn't say that exactly right ... but that's the jist of what it said. it just made a lot of sense to me. and also makes me want to read the bible a lot more, and have it enstilled in my head, b.c. frankly i haven't read that much of it!

-j