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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

serving.loving.mission


i'm not sleeping too well tonite - this mostly happens when i have a barrage of questions twisting through my head.
i've been rereading some books/thoughts/notes from the past.

i love these questions.
they challenge me in the best sorts of ways.
what sort of man am i?
what sort of man am i becoming?

to a woman:
What kind of man is he?
Does he demonstrate that he's the kind of man who would die for you?
What is his posture toward the world?
Does he serve, or is he waiting to be served?
Does he believe that he's owed something, that he's been shortchanged, that he's gotten the short end of the stick, that life owes him something?
Or is he out to see what he can give?
Does he see himself as being here to make the world a better place?

Does he have liquid agape (love, period) running through his veins?


These are the big questions that you need to ask yourself.

[these are questions i continually need to ask myself]

The point of marriage isn't marriage. It's a picture. A display. A window that you look through to something else.

A marriage has a mission.

Our world isn't one.
It's broken, shattered, fractured, with pieces lying over the
floor…

A
marriage is designed to counter a the ...hurt. Not to add to the brokenness of the world but to add to the ‘oneness’ of the world.

This man and this woman who have given
themselves to each other are supposed to give the world a glimpse of hope, a display of what God is like, a bit of [oneness] on earth.”
Sex God, Rob Bell, p. 152-153


all the best to the married, dating and single friends of mine (that about cover everyone i suspect) - my prayers are with ya.

4 comments:

Pauline said...

i LOVE this book.


and i can't wait to see you again. we must talk soon.

Cara said...

let my dear mama borrow this book just the other day. :)

alex said...

bold and sincere thoughts.

jamie said...

word. keep diggin'