One of the most frequent questions people ask us after viewing the Godspeed Film is, "How do I translate some of these themes into my day to day life?" This is exactly the question we tackle in a recent interview with Axis Ministries as we consider how to parent with intentionality within the same theological framework as the film. We hope that you will find it practical, encouraging, and "real" as you see us doing our best to live from Godspeed (which is really our life rooted in Christ!). "There is no place (or home!) on earth without
For Longing Poem by John O’Donohue blessed be the longing that brought you here and quickens your soul with wonder. may you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe. may you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease to discover the new direction your longing wants you to take. may the forms of your belonging – in love, creativity, and friendship – be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul. may the one you long for long for you. may
I’ve never competed at a high level. I felt the weight of spelling competitions in elementary school. And the pressure of going 14 and 0 on our middle school softball team. And the strain of getting sermons ready week in and week out for many years. But I’ve never felt anything like the Olympic pressure of putting everything on the line after years of preparation for that one chance. For the swimming events, the difference between gold and bronze is often just a few tenths of a second. And then there are the women gymnasts on the balance beam.
This past Sunday was the fourth week of the Lenten journey. One of the readings was from Psalm 32. Consider these words from David… Psalm 32:1–2 (ESV) 1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. This man knows about forgiveness. This man knows about mercy. He knows that true happiness is possible for the one who has been forgiven…much. In a grief recovery group we cover the topic of forgiveness. We discuss how forgiveness
Have you noticed how suffering can lead us to the cross of Christ in ways that nothing else can? Our suffering reminds us that God’s entire engagement with the world focused on his radical scandalous grace that came through the Father’s suffering Son. This grace culminated and found full expression in the surrender of His son to death on the cross. Who would ever imagine the perfect expression of the love of God would be the brutal crucifixion of God’s son? God’s heart was fixed on this radical surrender to suffering from eternity past.
Seeing is a creative activity. It influences what it sees based on how it sees. This is obvious when we think about life. For example, a parents's gaze into the eye of a child can be life-giving or life-taking. Another example ... if I look on someone as a threat, I will act out of that threat and my actions will influence the situation (i.e. I will create a confrontational relationship with that person). When I look at another I can actually harden their heart by how I look at them. I can alter another's emotions based on how I see them. How
Almost 40 years ago a pastor in Mansfield, Ohio shared his 'rule of life' with me. Every day he answered three questions: 1) What did I say to God?; 2) What did God say to me?; and 3) What am I going to do in light of what was said? It seemed rather straight-forward. And it many ways it is. His 'rule of life' meant he had to pray, listen (in meditation and contemplation), and then respond in some fashion. He said the hardest of the three was listening! But it seemed to be the most important for him.
Contemplation is more a matter of our listening than of our speaking. It is a slowing of soul to the conversation initiated by God. As we listen we are broken open to ourselves because we are open to God. Or to put it another way, the nearer we draw to God as God (rather than as we want God to be) the clearer we see ourselves as we are (rather than as we want ourselves to be). The process is both comforting and confronting. We see ourselves as beloved sinners. We live far short of the 'glory' intended for us yet we are loved by the
Jesus lived trinitarian love when He came earth. It was self-emptying (the Greek term is kenosis ... see Philippians 2:5-9). Such is the nature of Trinitarian love. The Father pours Himself into the Son, the Son into the Father, the Spirit being the bond of love between them (John 10). This is the love into which we are invited to abide (John 15). And the promise is that no act of kenosis is ever isolated or wasted no matter how meaningless or unproductive it may seem. Rather it grounds us in the very being of God who is love.
New Covenant promises encourage us at the New Year. "I know the Plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope" (Jer 29:11). God is for us. Good News as we begin a new decade. And how should we respond to the 'good plans' God has for us? "If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me. I will be found by you,"... says the Lord. The best response is to seek God in every aspect of our life. Because