Monthly Archives: May 2009
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy”
1 Peter 1:8 NIV
How is it that I can love someone that I have never met face to face? When I think about meeting Jesus face to face and spending eternity with him, I do feel the “inexpressible and glorious joy” that Peter is writing about; but again, how is this possible?
One of two solutions are possible:
1. I am emotionally delusional – I create emotional connection where non-exists to make myself feel better and provide hope in a hopeless and empty world.
2. I have in some real sense “met Jesus” and am currently experiencing friendship with Him; a friendship that is so far beyond our earthly experience that I find myself missing someone I have never physically met.
If anyone has a third option, or even a fourth, I’d be happy to entertain the theories. Frankly if #2 is not true I have a great deal to worry about and I am definately in need of some help. And if you’re reading this and you think #2 is not true, what are you doing reading the blog of a crazy person?
Some may have noticed that i haven’t updated my blog in quite some time. This is due to a number of reasons: travel (personal and professional), hectic work schedule, but mostly it is because I needed to take a break – not so much from the blogging, but a break from things that were becoming too important, too distracting, and may not have been the most helpful for me.
So I’ve taken the last month to shut down alot of the noise in my life, things that although good, are not the best things to spend my time on. I was challenged by my wife to put down all my books, commentaries, shut off my podcasts and simply read my bible and pray; and that is what I’ve been doing.
What has been the benefit? I’ve gotten back some of the simple joys of being a Christian, hearing God through devotions, praying more for others and meeting with friends and family with greater frequency.
Its been good, God is working on my character and my heart through this process and at the end of everything God is not going to evaluate me on how much I know about him, but on how much I love him and did my actions and character reflect that love.
A simple faith can be a beautiful thing.