The journey is the goal

I have created a world for myself that is filled with objectives. Get this, win, learn enough, become wise, don't mess up... and a myriad of others that are the "stuff" of my days, every day.

Today... it is clear to me. My revelation is that there is no revelation...in my many contexts.. I can't find the answers because I am asking the wrong questions.

The final answer is a fluid moving texture built of individuals and their love for one another... as directed and intended by God who loved us all first. We are all first born of God. It is not possible to us to love one another enough or too much. We are called to simply love..not only for today, or yesterday, but forever and more importantly, in every second of every day.

Pursuing Vital Ministry and the Emerging Future Story... for me is a call to tangible social action which demonstrates God's love for all of us.. through our love for one another. My new goal is to figure out how I do it just so I can get better at it...I am a musician, so I will make music. I am a father and husband, so I will parent. I am a worker so I will work. Most of all, I am a human being, made in my father's image, so... I will love him by loving others.

Each of us loves differently.. because we are all different. Ultimately.. the important thing is that we all matter. Our story is about who we are, who we come from, who we love, who loves us and how we accomplish this.. "Who's your daddy?" It is not about the accomplishments, but rather the accomplishing.. the actions are our evidence... We don't need credit.. certainly not human credit. We just need to put our heart in the right place.. and keep on keeping on..

For some of you reading this.. I am stating the obvious... maybe so, but I don't think it was so obvious to me until today.. I guess I am just slow like that.

People are all that matter.. all people... all the time... I hope that I can get better at the journey without focusing so much on where I am going...I am learning to write a story even when I don't know what the last chapter means... Revelations are like that.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1Cor. 13:1-13

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Anonymous said…
Having been away all week but thinking about what you said....I still think I must say that we are in the training phase again. In your terms,"computer speak,"We are being reprogrammed and then upgraded. Right now God is cleaning out all the "junk" and searching to see what is on our hard drive. Periodically, our computer guys come in and "clean up" all our mess...they remove the things we don't need, eliminate the "cookies" and defrag..whatever that is. Isn't that an interesting concept... God is cleaning up our junk...removing the hurt and trash from our former location...preparing us for whats ahead...A clean slate. I am anxious to hear what happens at HRBC this Sunday when it is an open forum. I have some thoughts I want to put together just in case it comes up.... Mainly I want to listen and to learn to follow so that when God wants me to lead, if ever, I will be ready and my heart will be clean.
Enjoy worshipping with your family and for being a part of mine.

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