Monday, May 13, 2013

Okay With It All

“Give up defining yourself - to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”

                                                                                                             Eckhart Tolle

I am learning that life does not consist of fulfilling the right set of rules or behavior. Life is not perfect because we mark off the ideal list of to-do’s in perfect order (high school, four-year degree, marriage, babies, own your own home . . .). It is about obeying Christ in the here and now, wherever that may find you.

Sometimes obedience to the Heavenly Father means doing things outside the box, outside the norm. History is full of ordinary men and women who sought only God and eventually became the great missionaries we read about today. Think Gladys Alward (she flunked out of Bible school), Hudson Taylor (fell in love too many times), and William Carey (worked as a simple shoe maker). Alward could have quit—if you can’t finish Bible school what makes you think you can serve in China?—but she persevered. Taylor, in some circles, would have been thought foolish; yet, he allowed his heartbreak and loneliness bring him closer to God. And Carey utilized the hours of simple, so-so work for prayer.

I wonder which is more loving? Pigeon-holing people or giving them the freedom to be who they are; being okay with their mess and their glory.

I know what I prefer.
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