Let me let you in on a secret.
In my life, I’ve only needed Jesus to fulfil my spiritual needs.
Suddenly selling everything I have and to go live the simple life in the slumps of Cambodia doesn’t sound so bad anymore.
A Future Not Our Own (also known as ‘The Long View’)
It helps, now and then, to step back
and take the long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of
the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete,
which is another way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No programme accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about:
We plant seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything
and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders,
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
-Archbishop Oscar Romero
This troubles me greatly.
"Value your net worth not on how much you make or how much you own, but rather on how much you’re investing in others and how free you are to uproot yourself and take on new adventures whenever an opportunity presents itself."
You say, take my hand and come with me on adventures. From the highest peaks to the depths of your humanity, I will show you what life is really about, I will fill that void, that emptiness, the God shaped hole you try to distract yourself from.
Today I say okay. Today I say, here is my hand. It is yours to hold.
You take my hand and we smile at each other.
This is the beginning of something I know, I know will change my life. You will break me and put me back more beautifully again. I haven’t been more ready for change, for you to come and shake things up.
I have decided to use a no frills old nokia phone instead of my iPhone until further notice. I will let the void in my heart scream louder than I can bare and I will search for you to fill it.
You will satisfy me.
You will quench my thirsty soul.