Chances . . .

It has been a hectic past few weeks here at Emmaus, my new home out here off the Mississippi. At school we have what is called “the Marble Chapel.” The Marble Chapel is a perfect metaphor for a person if people were rooms. You begin with the doors, the entrance to the place, to the person; more often than not this is as far as most go. The doors, while interesting enough in their selves, hardly describe in the magnitude that it’s in chambers do.  Whether or not you enter few or frequent the details take time to decipher. Scars of the chapels past life can translate into the scars of a converted believer. You see copious amounts of evidence showing where it came from, but not defining where it is or where it may be going. People are not buildings, their doors are far more complicated and unfortunately are as far as several of us usually get. Human beings are beautiful. It is a common fact that the fall has marred our image, but a marred image does not have to mean a destroyed one. For a Christian this goes doubly so. People scare me. Maybe it comes from the scars of the past life or biological ingraining, whatever the case may be I am terrified of them. For several months I have fought with the ideas of fear. Starting with circumstances and decisions the concept has now dawned on me in terms of relationships. Some time ago I made the statement that fearing anything other than God is our flesh trying to keep us from the good things He has for us.  I want to take that one step further and say that fearing anything of than God is our flesh trying to keep us from the good people God has for us. Sure we should show discernment in the times and places we interact with certain folks, but as believers we were made to need other believers. If Christians are God’s vessels of His love and glory is withholding from people or them you not restrain that which He is doing within you? A few recent events have brought this idea full circle. Before I said people are hard for me and that is true. When someone is nice to me I automatically assume the worse motives and all. I fear letting anyone in, opening up at the drop of the hat, my flesh drives me to resist the love of God in others, and yet my soul pants so eagerly to let it in. By allowing fear to keep us from getting to know people or keeping them from getting to know you is letting your flesh excommunicate you from the people of God. At the same time our relationships with people remind us how we need Him for fulfillment. The reality is that people are going to let us down and maybe even hurt us, but if our dependence is on Him and not them, it will not be anything we cannot handle or grow from. As we fellowship with other believers we are in fellowship with God. We are given the privilege to see what He is doing people’s lives and that is a tremendous blessing. The same goes as we minister and build friendships with the unbelieving, we are lights, messengers, living testimonies of who He is. Right now this is sort of all over the place, but I am incredibly excited to continue learning and living this, and am just a flood of ideas. Are we too keep Him dammed up within us or do we move through the doors and take the leap to go further in our experiences with people?

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”
-C.S. Lewis ,The Four Loves

About Chronology of Chris

-In Christ -Student of Life, Theology, Philosophy and Education -Avid reader (C.S. Lewis, Alvin Plantinga, Francis Schaeffer, James Sire, Martin Luther, Luis de Molina, Gordon D. Fee, David R. Anderson, David Kinnaman, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Hunter S. Thompson, Douglas Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jean Paul Sartre, Soren Kierkegaard, etc.) -Amateur philosopher -Field researcher for this privilege called life -Defined not labelled -Silly, yet serious -Knowledgeable and experienced -People over facts( facts have their place), souls over figures -More than an "about me" box can contain -His will, not mine
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