When a motorcycle is about the crash (the “death wobble”) the worst thing you can do is slow down. You’re more likely to crash. Give it some gas and, barring a brick wall or unseen obstacle, it will straighten right up. Seth Godin, in his book The Dip, talks about this. When times get tough you have 2 choices – quit or rev it up. Quitting is often fine – you’re at the decision point and realize the effort to make it work isn’t in you or in your skill set. Maybe the best thing to do, really, is to quit. BUT…if it is worth it and if it’s what you must do…rev it up. Give it some gas. Spend the money. Stay up a little later. Dig deep. Have faith. Do it.
1 Corinthians 13:1.8a 1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8Love never fails.
Never. But it’s as hard as you can imagine. Love will take you to the edge of a cliff and it might even show you the ledge you’ll have to hang onto when you get dropped. Love may or may not pack a parachute – and would you trust someone else to pack yours anyway. Love is a noun and a verb…but calling love an emotion or feeling is cheapening it to the point of lying. Love never fails, but love is really, really hard. Enjoy.
So for the past 3 Tuesday nights Jim and Rene at Vincenzo’s Pizza have been giving away free pasta dinners to anyone and everyone. I don’t think people realize just how ‘upstream’ this is. This is fighting the currents of our culture – currents of fear and the almighty dollar. Sure, some will criticize and say it’s just a publicity stunt. But I have been there all 3 nights and many of the folks who ate free meals didn’t have too many nickels to rub together OR they were seemingly glad to have some friends to hang out with and didn’t have to cook. The good thing about navigating against the current, according to my river-fishin’ friend, is that it’s easier to steer the boat.
Filed under: Fighting Fear
Yesterday I wrote in my journal that I’m scared of _______ and that I’m ashamed to be scared of it. If God is real and in this, then it’s fine. If not, then I shouldn’t be a pastor anyway. Let’s do this.