lets get ready

Are you struggling with all of this?

Do you see it all and say ‘this is all great’ and then look back and realize that it just isn’t happening? You want this to be a part of your life but for some reason it’s not.

Next week we’re going to touch on why we are held back. We know/want to start or be a part of this compassionate lifestyle but it just doesn’t happening.

So for today I’m going to ask you to do something a little different. Today isn’t’ a story or ideas on how to be more compassionate. Today is about you. Today I want to you think about living the life of compassion. Look back at the old posts, the older ideas, and start to ask yourself some questions.

Give these some time and space. Don’t rush them. Read them 2 or 3 times. Be honest with your answers to yourself.

Do I think this is where God is calling me?

 

 

Is this life of compassion the life God always wanted and still does want for me?

 

 

Do I agree that part of being a disciple of Jesus, a Christian, is compassion?

 

 

Do I want to do the work or want to want to do the work?

 

 

I think it’s important for us to have some idea as to where we stand especially if we are hoping to find out why things aren’t happening the way we want them to. We have to ask if we’re honestly ready to look at our lives and what might be holding us back. Are you ready to be honest with yourself?

I’m excited for next week. I’ve been working on some of these for weeks. Fair warning, it may not be an easy week. It’s important but not easy.

the uncomplicated can still be hard

Today’s post was not coming together.

I started and stopped 4 times and changes topics 3 times. It just wouldn’t write.

My ideas wouldn’t come together. I’d get half way through and say “what am I writing about? Are these even sentences?”

I was sitting at my computer telling myself to just tell a story, any story, get something out. But then I’d step back and look and realize that I was rambling in what may or may not be sentences with absolutely no succinct thought. This post was far from perfect and I was wondering if it going to do all the things I wanted it to?

Then I thought about how we approach relationships.

For something so central to our existence sometimes they’re just hard and especially at the start!

I’ve been asking you to engage in relationship. I’ve been asking you to talk to your co-workers, neighbours, those who come into your life.

So what do I have for you today?

Sometimes it’s going to be hard, kind of like a post that won’t write. There will be looooooooong awkward pauses. You’ll say something silly and think about it for the rest of the day wondering if they’ll ever talk to you again. You’ll make mistakes, over step the depth of the relationship, talk when you should listen, and push when someone needs support to stand.

But relationships, like this post, take work. You might have to push through some tough spots, apologise for mistakes, go back to the start and try again.

Is it extremely insightful to say that relationships are hard? No.

But sometimes I need someone to tell me that it’s just a part of the process. They make mistakes too and that’s all a part of honest real relationships building.

Give yourself a break. This stuff isn’t complicated but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard.

let Jesus leak

I suspect by now you’ve caught on that I like stories.

I like stories for a few reasons. To me, stories are engaging. They help to make a point but in a way that is not just relatable but often easier to remember.

With all that said today I don’t have a story for you.

Also I’m married. I just thought you should know.

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Yeah, I agree that was odd and abrupt. Really kind of out of place.

It was also strange because if you’ve been reading here for any length of time you’ve heard (seen?) me talk about my wife Sarah. So why would I just abruptly and awkwardly throw that little bit of information in?

To make a point of course.

Isn’t that what we often do with our faith? We’re talking with someone and just out of nowhere force some sort of Christian statement. “I’m a Christian by the way.” Followed by the same awkward pause.

Why do we do that? Why isn’t it more organic?

Bruxy Cavey talked about this in his sermon yesterday. He referred to having Jesus leak out of you.

I didn’t have to force some awkward remark or step out of the flow of our conversations to tell you I was married. It came out because Sarah is a massive part of my life. She is a part of so much of what I do I couldn’t keep her out my stories unless I was actively trying.

Do we actively try to keep Jesus from coming out?

Maybe.

I think at times we worry about how to tell people about Jesus. We worry how to share our stories.

There’s a joke some friends of mine say a lot. We talk about sharing Jesus by loving people or building relationships or volunteering then someone inevitably says “yeah, but when do we hand out the tract? It doesn’t count if we don’t.”

If Jesus is as big a part of your life as I suspect all of you would say He is or want Him to be He HAS to come out naturally. How could you keep Him in?

How could you tell people about your weekend without mentioning being at church?

How could you tell people how your evening was without mentioning that you were out volunteering?

How could you be building honest and real relationships while holding back one of the most important people in your life?

Jesus wants to leak out into your everyday. Naturally, organically, in your day to day relationships.

You don’t force Jesus into conversation. You share who you are with people. Share love, grace, and how you found that in your own life and let Jesus leak out as you do.