Sunday, May 23, 2010

"God has not called me to be successful. He has called me to be faithful."

That's a quote from Mother Teresa while caring for a dying man. Brad's sermon today was part of his Living Free series on the fruit of the Spirit. Today was "faithfulness."

I love it when Brad uses examples from C.S. Lewis. Today he talked about the scene in The Last Battle where the dwarves don't see the beauty around them in new Narnia, and when they have a feast from Aslan they complain that they're eating dried cow dung. I love the imagery and theology of the The Last Battle.

Alex led a reading, too, from The Message, Galatians 5.16-26. As we were following along, he said to look for things that seemed significant to us. I noted the phrase "life of the Spirit." After the Festival of Faith & Writing I told myself I was going to try to live more a life of letters -- of writing and reading. I hope that will be more a life of the Spirit, too.

I also highlighted this: "That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives." I like that, "far more interesting things to do with our lives." Good thing to remember when comparing myself to others more talented, or beautiful, or successful, or whatever. I have far more interesting things to do with my life!

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