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12.13.10

Pushing down into the heart of WHY

Filed under: books,God's movement,leadership — 3:47 pm

Here are two fantastic meditations on the importance of figuring out WHY we are doing what we do, rather than simply the WHAT.  Both matter.  Honestly, I found these deeply challenging.

(1) Richard Rohr (From Daily Meditations):

“We’ve got to know the true source of our truth.  In my attempt to work inside of earthly institutions for some small degree of justice, am I just fighting for my little “Richard Rohr truth,” or am I really in touch with the great truth that Jesus calls the reign of God?  I’ve got to know that it’s not just what I do but why I do it and where it comes from.  I think the sequence of Jesus’ words about himself is significant.  He is first Way, and only then Truth, which is finally Life (see John 14:6).

“Without prayer, we’re trapped in our heads, our opinions, our righteous selves.  Maybe we’ll be doing the right thing, but from an egocentric place, not a place of unitive consciousness, the place where all things are one.  In other words, we’ll be doing our own agenda instead of God’s.

“When people are doing God’s thing, they have freedom—they can laugh at themselves, they can take humiliation and non-success because their own reputation is not at stake.  The mature believer will probably look more like a holy fool than a do-gooder or a ‘saint.’”

(2) Mark Sayers (from his blog series about surviving ministry through your 20s)

1 Comment »

  1. i find that the dichotomy between “doing it for god” and “doing it for oneself” really troubling. the spirit of the conversation is so wonderfully saturated in humility, but in practice it can easily become a self-defeating crisis of identity. in other words, a person can become so inundated with whether their life is safely on “god’s trajectory” that they do, well, nothing. nothing but trying to find “god’s agenda”.

    what if “god’s agenda” is somehow inherently connected with a person’s awareness of choice? if a person realizes that they are making choices each and every day, and that those choices actually make up the “who, what, and why” of their existence, then they are living in the daily tension that is “god’s agenda”.

    if “god’s agenda” is something that one searches for, the search itself will become the “what” and the desire to be “doing god’s thing” (an inherently unattainable piece of knowledge) will be the “why”.

    i guess all i’m saying is that endlessly chasing after “god’s agenda” can easily become the very thing that keeps us away from it.

    or not.

    Comment by Ben — December 14, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

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