February 8, 2015 “Life on a Human Scale” is part 4 in the series on Busyness.
There’s enormous pressure on us to live “more, more, faster, faster”. We’re constantly called to be more, do more…be extraordinary. Our high tech society gives us tools and devices that encourage the delusion that we really can live beyond even normal human constraints. What’s it look like to live free of such tyrannizing pressure? What’s it look like to live in the grace of being “ordinary” followers of the extraordinary Jesus?
Key Quotes and References
See Andy Crouch, “From Purchases to Practices”
Tish Harrison Warren: “I’ve come to the point where I’m not sure anymore just what God counts as radical…. And so this is what I need now: the courage to face an ordinary day – an afternoon with a colicky baby where I’m probably going to snap at my two-year old and get annoyed with my noisy neighbor – without despair, the bravery it takes to believe that a small life is still a meaningful life, and the grace to know that even when I’ve done nothing that is powerful or bold or even interesting that the Lord notices me and is fond of me that that is enough…. [T]he kind of ‘giving my life away’ that counts starts with how I get up on a gray Tuesday morning. It never sells books. It won’t be remembered. But it’s what makes a life. And who knows? Maybe, at the end of days, a hurried prayer for an enemy, a passing kindness to a neighbor, or budget planning on a boring Thursday will be the revolution stories of God making all things new. (as quoted by Michael S. Horton, Ordinary, p. 20-21)
Kevin DeYoung: “The biggest deception of our digital age may be the lie that says we can be omni-competent, omni-informed, and omni-present. We cannot be any of these things. We must choose our absence, our inability, and our ignorance—and choose wisely. The sooner we embrace this finitude, the sooner we can be free.” (Crazy Busy, p. 88)
February 8, 2015
Pastor Chuck Jacob