Archive for July, 2009

A Spiritual Fav Five

In the battle to win our cell phone accounts, wireless carriers along with their Madison Ave firms have developed some amazing add campaigns. ┬áVerizon’s simple “Can you hear me now?” question, all too familiar to cell phone users, helped move network reliability up the ranks as a key purchase consideration for wireless users at a time when other companies were shouting about minutes and prices.┬áTMobile responded recently with an ad campaign of their own, “Who’s in your Fav Five?,” where you can have unlimited calling and texting to your five favorite people.

That got me thinking about who might be in my Fav Five in the Bible. You would have to include Jesus, the Son of God, in that circle but whom else? Here’s who I would add to the list: Abraham, Moses, Daniel and Paul. Abraham, the spiritual father of the people of Israel and through whom all the people of the world have been blessed, joins the list as the consummate man of faith. Moses, Daniel and Paul join the list as three of the most powerful men in the Bible. They each new the Hebrew Scriptures inside and out, they knew the cultures in which they lived inside out, and they knew the pagan religions in their respective regions inside out. Even with this knowledge, they compromised nothing in their pursuit of God.

This raises some interesting questions for me. Are people of God always to be on the margins, creating only subcultures or parallel cultures? Is it not possible to be a redeeming part of culture without become entangled in the evil within that culture? Can we not be agents of restoration in our culture? I believe we can. What say you?

Inner Restlessness

Elizabeth O’Conner’s book, Search for Silence, contains these words by Gordon Cosby in the preface: “The one journey that ultimately matters is the journey into the place of stillness deep within one’s self. To reach that place is to be at home; to fail to reach it is to be forever restless.”

A self-diagnosis leads me to believe I am suffering from SRS – Spiritual Restlessness Syndrome. I know the path toward inner stillness yet everything in my life right now pushes me further and further from that central silence. Very little in my world invites me to make the daily journey inward. Almost everything in my world intensifies my restlessness.

How do we carve out time for inner stillness amidst a world that invites activity and excitement not silence and stillness? I don’t know the answer to that question but I know this much: the ultimate solution to SRS lies in the journey inward toward God. In the words of Augustine, “You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”