So, another blog begins.
For those that don’t know me, the last couple years haven’t been my best. Lots of things going very wrong – worst being those that actually were my own stupid fault. I’m hoping the end is in sight – but not sure yet.
But this blog isn’t for complaining, wallowing in self pity, legitimate introspection, or whatever – no, I want to share the very best thing I have – my Lord. Scripture tells us we should rejoice even in the hard times. Now, it doesn’t mean never cry – that’s reading it way too literally. The Psalms are full of lamenting – but they are also full of joy. It’s not easy – finding the joy in belonging to God even when life seems determined to suck the hope right out of your marrow – but it is the way to go.
So, this blog is to share a bit of my journey on that way. It’s also to share the Good News – and to explore the fullness and richness of Scripture. Those who put Scripture on a shelf or leave it in a dusty corner miss out on the greatest literature and wisdom of the ages. So, join me in shaking off the dust and feasting on the wonderful, life giving Word.
What better place to start than the source of the tagline: Romans 10:15; “And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” ” Paul is quoting from Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” “. Not too shabby for a guy without Internet.
Good news is something we all need. Isaiah and Paul are looking toward the best news of all – God’s salvation. His salvation of His people Israel; His salvation of the world; His salvation of us. Salvation, as we’ll see, isn’t a singular event with only one facet. It is the salvation of Man from his sin – but it’s also the salvation of Man from his brokenness. It’s more than just a momentary rescue – it’s the start of a lifelong journey from what we are, shattered mirrors, to what we could be, reflections of His perfect image.
It’s becoming what we were meant to be – not puppets and not broken toys. We were His in the beginning and meant to be so much more than we are now. It’s hard to put into words that don’t sound all ‘Christianese’. Gang, unless you are comatose, you have to have realized that all is NOT right with the world and most of what’s wrong with it is US! That is seriously NOT news. But here is news – we don’t have to stay the messed up way we are. We can’t fix it – after 6000 years of human history we’d have done that by now if we could – but we can let Him fix us. Humanity fell into the pigpen a long time ago – but we don’t have to wallow in it, there is a way out.
That’s what the whole ‘salvation’ thing is – a way out of the messed up way we live, work and think. Going to Heaven is a bonus – living in the Kingdom here and now is where it’s at. Wisdom – skill at living. Joy – contentment in the moment. Love – how we treat others and how we are treated. All these are here. Now.
Scripture is the key to the door. Turn the key.