Between the idea and reality Between the motion and the act Falls the shadow TS Elliot
Virginia Stem Owens* in her book, And the Trees Clap their Hands, says, “The newborn is a natural spy. Only his inherent limitations impede him from consuming all the clues of the universe. Sent here with the mission of finding the meaning buried in matter, he goes about his business briskly. He is devoted to discovery. He has to learn the world from scratch, but the task seems nothing but a joy. Yet gradually, over time, something goes wrong.
The spy slowly begins to forget his mission. He spends so much time and effort learning the language, adopting the habits and customs, internalizing the thought patterns flawlessly, that somehow he becomes his cover. He forgets what he’s about. He goes to school, grows up. He gets his job, collects his pay, buys a house, and waters the lawn. He wakes up each morning with the shape of his mission, what brought him here in the first place, grown hazier. Then one morning he wakes up and only yawns. It must be there somewhere, buried in the brain cells, but at least superficially the memory is erased. The spy goes native.”
Colossians 2:17 - These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
*To learn more about Virginia Stem Owens check out imagejournal.org
The problem with religion is that sooner or later it's defined by who's following the rules and who's not... kind of like the public swimming pool with fences, wristbands and lifegaurds watching your every move. A relationship with Jesus is more like the diving board at the public pool. When you're on one all you do is dive and invite others to do the same. There are places for structure. But when we subordinate 'the relationship' to rules everyone loses. If rules could saves us we wouldn't need a Savior. (my paraphrase of Galatians 3)
I'm married (Johnna) and have three children (Quincy, Shay and Evan). I've done some school (K-12th, College, Post-Graduate work... I think 2nd grade was my favorite). I'm currently planting a church (actually it's God planting the church. I just get to be the lead follower) in Overland Park, KS called Mission. Check it out at missionchurchonline.com.
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