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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Anybody home?

(Wah...wha....waahHHCHOOOOO!!  snif.)  Wow, haven't been here in a while.  The Coop is dusty!  It's good to sit and talk with you again though.  Today i bring ya a conundrum.  It's a doozie.  Might take a bit words to work out.  Clear off that table and we'll spread it out and see what we can make of it.

Man hates his life.
Earnestly desires a significant life.
Only a life fully submitted to God brings life.
But if man submits to God only to get what man wants from God he has not truly submitted.  He has only tried to follow a formula to get what he wants.
So how does a man love God for God alone?
How does he learn to do this while still getting up every day and living a life he hates?



  1. Anonymous29/9/12

    This age old riddle works for women too, ya know.

    Telling someone the answer is sort of like telling a grieving mother to count her blessings after her son has died. There is no one size fits all answer and trying to tell your answer to another and trying to make it fit that person only leads to frustration on
    both ends....

    I will say that this is not an uncommon problem.

    I don't think it's about "learning." If it was, one (I) would only need to go through such a cycle once. I think it's about dependence on a God who is good. I think it is about depending on God to help one depend on God. I think it is about prayer.

    I think it's about God knowing who we are and dealing with us, in our limited humanity, just as we are. It is about Him knowing our limitations and not faulting us for them because we are His. It is about being forgiven even before we ask for it.

    His eyes are on us, even when ours are not on Him and it is when HIS eyes are on us that His grace abounds.

  2. Oh i never intended to say it didn't work for anyone other than me. Me is just the guy i happen to know. And while i'm learning that sorrow and suffering and loss are opportunities (as ridiculous as it sounds, they are gifts!) to be driven deeper into the arms of God, i seriously doubt it would comfort a grieving person in the moment to tell them so. So as insensitive as i am, i don't.

  3. Anonymous1/10/12

    I guess I should have said that my first paragraph was more of a disclaimer for me. As in, I am sorry if this hits you in the gut. It was not meant to be accusatory. I was trying to say I understand the pain and don't want to minimize it. I want to acknowledge and try and sooth, even if what I say comes across as platitudes to a grieving mother.

  4. Gotcha! Language isn't a perfect means of conveying meaning but it's what we got to work with :)