A friend wrote this to me, and I keep reading it over and over again, wondering for sure if she is talking about me: "Darn, girl…the Holy Spirit is working through your life right now. I heard the wind last night and realized I couldn’t believe how the Holy Fire is burning through your life and changing you. The changes are profound…are you aware of how fast and radically you are changing? I barely get a moment to read your blog (I barely get a moment to take a poop!) but when I can skim it I can see all that’s shifting. Tectonic plates. Amazing Grace! God is Great."
This is a friend I have the utmost respect for. I watched her in a years-long battle with suffering that only served to draw her closer to God. And to hear that from her?
The only way I can explain the change is that I have been praying whenever I think of it that God would have His way in my life. I don't have a lot to offer, but what I do have I will give Him. There is, of course, that warring faction within me that tells me, "Stop now! Dno't go a step further! What might be required of you?"
And yes, that's always been my fear - that something great would be required of me. BUt if I stuck with what I know, the fears and insecurities and sadnesses I want to hold onto, how is that claiming a free and complete life in Christ? How is holding to Satan's lies going to make me free? Because that is what they are - lies!
You know I always get riled up about this political stuff. I stopped my facebook subscription because I couldn't take it any more and I just found myself arguing with people. Really. What's the point? No one is going to convince anyone of anything. And is that really hat I want to be doing with my time? Arguing over politics?
Someone stated that they didn't want to insert their religious views into politics. I find that statement to be so utterly asanine I don't even know where to begin. I'd love to blog about it, but I don't have the energy.
I will, say, though, that I'm praying that God will make clear to me those things that really ARE important to Him. That He can help me let go of those things that are not important to Him - those things that are only important to me.
This guy is so cool. His name is Gordon Pennington, and he's the director of a media group that focuses on creating art with purpose. He created the Tommy Hilfiger and British Airways brands. What he says really resonates with me, especially as it relates to all forms of media and our culture in general. He writes:
"We live in an era of psychotic distraction. The level of psychosis that affects people's behavior is difficult to measure because people are so reactive. They are simply responding to an array of stimuli that is simply overwhelming today. And to filter that out and to protect oneself requires a kind of understanding consciousness, awareness, discipline and resistance that's very rare. Teaching people resistance will result in people acquiring a new level of individuality as human beings.
Most people practically live with not only the sense of privilege entitlement, but the demand that they be entertained, because it is simply too great of burden to bear to deal with the day to day to day reality of our circumstances. But if we could break through the barrier that suggest to us that there's nothing interesting there to discover, I think we'd be filled with wonder. We'd see in the very things we've ignored, the beauty, the complexity and the joys that fantasy never really bring us.
Our biggest challenge will be to actually recreate culture. I think we could see a renaissance. That sounds like a pretentious way of pronouncing it. I think we could be on the cusp of one of the most exciting periods in history, particularly for people of faith and conscious. I think the opportunity to enter a time of rebirth and renewal and renaissance is right in front of us. We're now waking up to something that has eluded us because we've been asleep, and we've been benign in our attitudes, and we've allowed this to go on far too long. It's time to create a renewal of ideas and ideals that have meaning, that have generosity, that have compassion, that are rooted in truth."
And, my favorite. My favorite, favorite, favorite (I wanted to kiss him while he was talking):
"Truth is the search for the things that are most reliable, sustainable, absolute. Truth is the desire to have something that we really can put our trust in. Truth deserves to be tested. Truth is being tested - in this age as in no other. The pursuit of truth ultimately necessitates a kind of struggle with ourselves, with the environment we live in; with those who maintain that they have a position that is superior to ours. The risks of pursuing truths are tremendous. And what could be a greater adventure than to risk everything in pursuit of the one thing that endures? If truth isn't worth all that, then it probably isn't truth at all."