You know I still have lots of questions. Always have, always will. There have been a few in the last couple of days…
So I don’t want you to think I have suddenly become ‘all shiny and happy’. I have never understood how practical Christianity got confused with ‘being complete’, ‘being a success’ or ‘claiming your destiny’. Always remember those codicils when I am trying to blog ‘Grace’.
I’m ploughing on with
that I blogged about a few days ago (Day 6 I think) . ‘Ploughing on’- is not true- I really like it. Here are some things I have noted in the last few days:-
‘Day 263. I feel myself becoming an extremist- at least in some areas. Like my obsession with gratefulness. I can’t stop……
…It’s an odd way to live. But also kind of great and powerful. I’ve never before been so aware of the thousands of little good things, the thousands of things that go right every day.’ (p451-2)
‘There is nothing wrong with making a million dollars. There is something wrong with keeping it.’(p456- quoting Tony Campolo).
‘There’s a beauty to forgiveness, especially forgiveness that goes beyong rationality. Unconditional love is an illogical notion, but such a great and powerful one.’ (p463).
All this from a guy who is writing , at least initially, from a perspective of no faith. HeÂ catches glimpses of faith by putting what he sees as biblical commands into practice and living by them, despite difficulty and ridicule. Sometimes when I read or hear people saying ‘I have lost my faith’ itÂ seems to be spoken of like faith was an intellectual proposition- a lucky rabbit’s foot waved at reality-Â and not a lifestyle.
Reading this book makes me think- gives me insights into Grace. Wish I who believe could follow as diligently and wholeheartedly as he does….and make some of the lifestyle choices he does……
Grace often seems to appear outside our known and self-determined boundaries…