Address (Numbers 16:1-11)

Address (Numbers 16:1-11)

A few weeks ago, it happened. A terrible, no good, very bad thought crept inside my head. This new place?  This perfect place?  This promised land place we JUST moved into?  It’s not big enough.  This place, this perfect place, it’s just not enough. This is the story of my life, I guess.  The story of not enough.  It turns out that there is no enough - no safe enough, or free enough, or clean enough or big enough for me.  There’s just not enough of anything, really, to keep me happy. And so I move, I adjust, I fight, I pray, I beg for more…for enough, finally…to be content, with life.  I think moving to a new address will be enough.  Moving to a new title will be enough.  Taking on a new job or friendship or accomplishment will be enough.  But no matter what I try, I can’t find the address I’m looking for.  And I know I’m not the only one.  Because this is the question we all ask, at some point or another.  What address, what home, what foundation will be enough so I can finally just go on living?
 

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Forgiving (Acts 9:1-20)

Forgiving (Acts 9:1-20)

Whether you get aggressive or get avoiding, refusing to forgive kills. The stockpiled bitterness will poison my soul. My reactive aggression will kill off my relationships. Time does NOT heal all wounds. The garbage stays under the rugs until it’s cleaned out. It doesn’t just go away on its own. Because if we don’t do something with it, that hurt WILL cause more hurt to either our relationship to God, or to ourselves, or to others. So what do we do?

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Lepta (Mark 12:41-45)

Lepta (Mark 12:41-45)

If we turn the page to the first option, she keeps the lepta.  Or at least one of them, right? This is the safe thing, the prudent thing, the wise thing, to do with her last lepta.  She should stay alive for at least one more day because then maybe she can figure out another day after that.  She can try to buy food with it, try and invest it somehow, save it for when she’s really, really truly starving - and really, that won’t be a long time from now.  Maybe in the meantime, she can find a way to multiply the lepta, get a little bit more, keep going a little while longer. Keep the lepta, most of our world would say. Keep the lepta, most of us would say. But there is another option, another ending to the Choose Your Own Adventure. 

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