I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:14
This has been a busy week, full with:
- amazing photographs from Easter Sunday,
- fun pictures of our beautiful grandchildren, and then
- reflections on the death of our great friend, Sandee, late Wednesday evening (see: Postscript to a Beautiful and Courageous Life).
So this morning I’m sharing two photographs that may or may not be related. But they do provide a window into where my spirit is today.
First, as our Labradoodle, Scout, approaches her eleventh birthday (early May), she is increasingly committed to finding just the right spot so she can be comfortable. Comfortable is pretty much job one at the moment, and she’ll go to great lengths – requisitioning the couch, rearranging the pillows, stretching, rolling over, lying down on top of an air vent if she’s too hot, ignoring the suggestion of a walk – to make sure she’s as snug and cozy as possible.
That could be me, too, much of the time! I do like my comfortable. But then Jesus gets involved and I’m challenged to go the extra mile, engage life with more gospel initiative, use my imagination, push the envelope…
That’s essentially the heart of the new study we started today in the Saturday morning Iron Sharpens Iron men’s group. The title is “The Unmaking of a Part-Time Christian,” and it’s all about living as intentional disciples of Jesus; it’s about moving beyond the “part-time” practice of faith; it’s about following Jesus as the foundational commitment in our lives.
For me, the new study is a fun opportunity to share one of my favorite books with my friends. If you want to read along with us, I’ll be referencing the study probably once a week as we move through. Click here on the title if you want a copy, or find it on Amazon. I promise you won’t be disappointed. The Unmaking of a Part-Time Christian.
In the here and now, our life as Christ followers primarily concerns capturing and engaging the rich meaning and the lavish possibilities of abundant life before death. God’s kingdom is already available; our opportunity is to live this kingdom life, and to live as if we really do mean it (page 11).
Peace, and more peace – DEREK