“We are a nation obsessed. American culture is nothing more than a pastiche of fixations. We are obsessed with health. We are obsessed with pleasure. We are obsessed with speed. We are obsessed with efficiency. In simplest terms, we are obsessed by the desire to accelerate every element of our existence in a futile attempt to experience as much life as we can in the shortest possible time. We have all entered the race to devour the largest volume of gratification before it kills us.”—
Chuck Klosterman, The Amazing Mcnugget Diet (1996)
“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence, a time to let go, and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.”
I’m being reminded of my brokenness. Better stated: ‘we’ (Steven and I) are being reminded of our brokenness. It’s a difficult and beautiful thing for God to be so gracious and reminding us of our state of being. I ask again, why do we do this to ourselves? Thank you God for this reminder. May we learn to find You in our brokenness.
The following is taken from my devotions this morning. A most timely message from God:
"Going through the motions doesn’t please you,
a flawless performance is nothing to you.
I learned God-worship
when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love
don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.”
-Psalm 51:17 (Note: I chose to use The Message version of this text rather than the translation originally included in my devotions)
"But we are called to show God to each of them, and sharing the Gospel with those who see no need for God may mean introducing them to a disturbing truth: their own brokenness.
But first we must know brokenness ourselves. Our brokenness is a difficult notion to accept for those of us characterized by its opposite: complacency and the assumption that we’re okay. We often fail to pursue the thoughtful examination of a conscience Paul encourages, and instead, we maintain a thoughtless defensiveness, refusing to consider where we truly stand with God. Complacency is easier than self-examination, easier than humility, and most certainly easier than repentance.
But brokenness is essential. Only in brokenness do we grasp the truth: we’re dependent on God because we can’t rely upon ourselves. When we’re broken, we gain perspective. We lose sight of all the illusions of our own merit and self-sufficiency, which can, at times, distract us from the truth of our own frailty and the value of God’s promise of salvation to our broken souls.”
“I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.”—Tony Campolo (via irresistiblerevolution)
This is an amazing essay on the sanctity of human life. I love reading anything by David Gushee. The following is an excerpt:
Shalom doesn’t only happen when humans stop killing each other, but it also means the rebuilding of human community… Thus, shalom means both the human and material rebuilding of community where individuals and families not only survive but flourish. Moreover, shalom means not just rebuilt community but inclusive community where ethnic divisions are overcome, all are welcomed on the same basis of human dignity, and the original unity of humankind is restored. Today, are we about the business of creating these kinds of communities?
Shalom means that everyone has enough to eat and drink, in a world (and land) so often full of desperately hungry and thirsty people….
Shalom means the healing of broken bodies and spirits.
The following are all statements made by Henry David Thoreau. I definitely need/want more reading material from this guy. I can’t seem to get enough. Love it.
__ After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.
__ Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
__ All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
__ An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
__ As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
__ As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
__ Be not simply good - be good for something.
__ Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
__ Being is the great explainer.
__ Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
__ Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends… Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.