Monday, March 15, 2010

Tuesday, March 16th

“There is always an enormous temptation in all of life to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end...... We are making hay when we should be making whoopee; we are raising tomatoes when we should be raising Cain, or Lazarus. "

— Annie Dillard

I put this quote by Annie Dillard in the blog knowing that it might be misunderstood. But it is an important quote to me and to my wife. It is our reminder that life is meant to be lived boldly and out loud. Some of the grave clothes that cling to me are the grave clothes of itsy-bitsy. In other words: “don’t take a chance,” “be safe,” “take no risks.”

And yet the Christian life is about taking a chance, stepping out of our comfort zone. That is why it is called faith. That is why I have always enjoyed the title of one of John Ortberg’s books: “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.”

Pastor Tim

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