Saturday, November 22, 2008

I am Not God

I spent 4 days last week at the Titoki Healing Centre. I highly recommmend it for time out, opportunity to just hang with God and also for the theophostic prayer ministry, which really helped me more forward on some personal stuff I have been dealing with lately. TPM is focused on people's identifying the lies they believe that are causing painful emotions and replacing these lies with the Lord's truth.

One truth that really struck me is that I am not God. Now I know that is obvious, but sometimes we act like we are God, carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders.

I really like this quote from NT Wright in Surprised by Hope:

To embrace the ascension is to heave a sigh of relief, to give up the struggle to be God (and with it the inevitable despair at our constant failure), and to enjoy our status as creatures: image-bearing creatures, but creatures nonetheless.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

a world redolent with spirituality

Eugene Petersen, writes of how the Russian novelist, Fydor Dostoevesky challenged him.

He (Dostoevsky) refused to take the evidence that the people presented of themselves as truth; he dove beneath the surface of their lives and discovered in the depths, fire and passion and God. He trained my antennae to pick up the suppressed signals of spirituality in conversations, discovering tragic plots and comic episodes, works in progress all around me. I was living in a world redolent (fragrant) with spirituality. There were no ordinary people!

Eugene Petersen - Underneath the Predictable Planet