Dust

Dust 8: Sufferings...

Dust 8: Sufferings...

WELL THANKS FOR THE OPTIMISM, JERKFACE...

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Dust 7: Retribution...

Dust 7: Retribution...

I don't like to think about the "angry God of the Old Testament." But I have to. If I am to call myself a follower of Jesus, then I have to accept the parts of Scripture where God gets pissed off and fed up with us, her children. We can only say we don't know any better if we've never been told what better is. But we have been told, and we know: Love God, love neighbor. Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly.

Dust 5: Peace...

Dust 5: Peace...

When I first heard the song "Peace" by Jennifer Knapp, if I remember correctly, it was in an episode of Dawson's Creek. The simple acoustics and the serene instrumental in the middle of the song were enough to calm whatever nerves, anxiety, or fear I was feeling in that moment. Even today, nearly two decades later, I still listen to it as a means of calming down, especially in those moments where my fear and my anxiety start to get the best of me.

Dust 4: Traveling revelations...

Dust 4: Traveling revelations...

Reading this story about Jesus, I have to wonder something: instead of assuming that Peter was telling Jesus something he already knew about himself, what if he was hearing something for the first time... something new, some deep-seated revelation that perhaps made him think or feel, "Oh crap!!!" Perhaps his blessing of Peter was the only way he could think to respond to such a statement. Maybe it was like hearing something that contradicts all the voices in his head. Maybe Jesus had to deal with voices that told him, " You aren't good enough. You'll never amount to anything. You'll never make a difference. You aren't important."

Dust 3: Constant waiting...

Dust 3: Constant waiting...

I realized just how much of my life I've spent waiting for the future only to deprive myself of the present. I'm almost always in my head, thinking about something, longing for something. The struggle to rest in the present moment is a persistent and pervasive one for me, and for so many of us. We have to think 2 hours, 8 hours, 6 months, 1 year, 5 years ahead. Now doesn't exist... unless we will it so.

Dust 2: Seeds...

Dust 2: Seeds...

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that... we may never see the results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets for a future not our own.

Dust 1: Not like them...

Dust 1: Not like them...

The last will be first. The first will be last. The meek shall inherit the earth. Love your enemy. Pray for those who persecute you. Turn the other cheek. The Gospel news is about turning things upside down and changing the world for the better. It's about recognizing that things aren't the way they should be and trusting that Jesus came to make all things new. What it isn't about it is tooting our own horn of righteousness and presuming that we are better, holier, than anyone else.