Recently my friend Michael was telling me his brother and sister-in-law had moved to a different state. He had gone over to help them pack and to say goodbye. Michael then told me that as he was leaving his sister-in-law handed him a small bag and said, “Just something we won’t use.” Michael didn’t open the bag until he got home but when he did he was overwhelmed with emotion and brought to tears. In the bag was a box of sweetener packets, the kind he prefers in his coffee. Though he was sure they had never had a conversation about sweeteners Michael was just then realizing that each of the countless cups of coffee he had shared at his brother and sister-in-law’s home over the years was a demonstration of love, the kind of love grand gestures and declarations can never match. In that moment Michael understood that he was welcome, wanted and thought of even when he wasn’t around, even in the aisles of the grocery store.
Archive for June, 2014
Tags: brother, care, coffee, emotion, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, little things, love, sister-in-law, special, sweetener, tears
Tags: care, earth, faith, focus, God, heaven, Holy Spirit, Jesus, know, listen, someday
A faith focused on “someday” is the equivalent of “not today Lord”.
Tags: care, follow, God, help, Holy Spirit, Jesus, law, love, religion, rules
Jesus, not the rules.
Tags: fear, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, love, manipulate, manipulation, organization, religion, system
Love doesn’t manipulate.
Tags: counterfeit, fear, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, love, manipulation, organization, religion, system, unique
Religion has deep roots in fear, primarily the fear that we are unloved and that we need to do something about it. This is a lie religion is extremely adept at exploiting, do this and God will love you and then so will we; Oh, you should do this too and then this while thinking this. It reminds me of the scene in The Jerk when Navin is leaving and doesn’t need anything, but…
We all need love as much as we need air and water. It’s a God given necessity put in us so we will seek Him; He’s the only one that can fill our hearts. Religion takes advantage of this need by promising to fulfill it if we will conform to the process established by whatever system we find ourselves in. This can’t work, it may for a season but eventually we come to the realization that there must be more and that’s when too often the answer we’re given is we need more religion. Then on the carousel we go, what option do we have? If we jump off, it is certain we won’t be loved, we’ve seen it. The fear of rejection keeps us right where religion wants us.
We’ll do anything for love, it’s sad that includes settling for a counterfeit of the amazing unique love Jesus came to show us.
Tags: care, fear, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, love, opinion, organization, religion, system
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Religion is man’s contrived, organized attempt to make himself right with God. We should know better as Jesus taught extensively against this, yet still… One of the things that go hand in hand with this attempt by man to control God is for man to control others. While this in no way further endears us, somehow we think the more people we can get to buy into our system the more pleased we’ll make Him.
Tags: fear, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, love, power, religion
Religion’s greatest power is found in the fear of rejection.
Tags: conformity, control, expectations, fear, freedom, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, love, peace, people, religion, rules
The world needs more people giving us something to think about and less people telling us what to think.