Thursday, December 09, 2010

Our Public World - Our Private Battles

Ordering Your Private WorldThis spoke to me today and I wanted to share it: 
"We are naively inclined to believe that the most publicly active person is the most privately spiritual.  We assume that the larger the church, the greater its heavenly blessing.  The more information about the Bible a person posses, we think, the closer he or she must be to God.

Because we tend to think like this, there is the temptation to give imbalanced attention to our public worlds at the expense of the private.  More programs, more meetings, more learning experiences, more relationships, more busyness; until it all becomes so heavy at the surface of life that the whole thing trembles on the verge of collapse. Fatigue, disillusionment, failure, defeat all become frightening possibilities.  The neglected world can no longer hold the weight."  From Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald, p. 15.
For me this passage screams the truth that this thinking comes from our own energy to create our world.  We take our insecurities and attempt to make a world of success by our own efforts following a broken pattern.  This passage speaks to me in a way that sets off several alarms in my mind.

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