Location: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Long Obedience

Someone said this:
"Following Christ is a long obedience in the same direction."
I heard it from a guy named Evan Griffin who was talking at a thing.
I'm a little concerned with one thing that the "blog culture" has done to young postmodern Christians like me and all my friends.
It goes like this:
I like to write. I like to write with passion. I like to write about transformation. I will always write about my most recent breakthrough.
Stop it.
Everything isn't a breakthrough. Most stuff isn't. Most of the time you go to work, or hug your wife, or eat some cheese, or have a conference call, or lift weights, and then you do the next, and then you do it again.
And that's ok.
I'm not saying we should live boring lives devoid of adventure and that we need to burn our copies of The Barbarian Way, I'm saying that transformation is a process. If every single day we are radically re-making who we are and recasting our vision of what we should be it's a problem. There are times for renewal, but there are also times for sticking to our knitting. When you're 19 living your life on the ragged edge of our emotional transformation is intellectual (and frankly developmentally appropriate). When you're 25, or 35 it's self indulgent.
Obey in the same direction.