Saturday, January 22, 2005

Uncomfortable in Alberta

OC says - "Narrow all your interests until the attitude of mind and heart and body is concentration on Jesus Christ."

This makes me just a little bit uncomfortable. It makes me picture a doleful monk or severe nun. But I don't think that's what Oswald, or the Lord, intend. We are meant to live in this world, and live well. Living well means doing what OC says - Have only one focus and that is to know and glorify Christ. Do that through all the other aspects and potential distratctions of life, and you will live well indeed.

Easy to say. Not so easy to do. And we are so good at deceiving ourselves. We act with selfish motives but then justify it with a veneer of religiosity. That's when it is all the more astounding to find that God has blessed anyway - blessed us and others through us. His purposes are so far above ours, yet he invites us to be part of them in the midst of our foolishness.

Makes me think of the scene described in the Bible when John points Jesus out to two men. They follow him and when he asks them what they want, they ask - "Rabbi, where are you staying?"

I imagine Jesus smiling then, when he answers, "Come and see." (John 1:35-39)

It's a perfect example of what happens every day. We're scurrying around, concerned with all the unimportant things, and Jesus invites us into His world, into His ministry, into His very home. He invites us to live well, with Him.

May we all accept that invitation!

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