The Starting Place of A Long Obedience

“The essential thing ‘in heaven and earth’ is that there should be a long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.” (Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil)

Smarter men than I have wrangled long with this idea, but the words strike a chord of soundness despite their strange source.

A long obedience in the same direction…

When we consider these words through the lens of a follower of Jesus, it seems like the underscore of Jesus’ call to “deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Luke 9.23) He doesn’t just call us to embrace the hope of the gospel and in earnest obedience plunge into the waters of baptism only to come up and go on about life with a great cosmic advisor on speed dial when the sticky spots come along.

No, that thing to which we are called is a long obedience in the same direction—His direction. It is to follow Him every step of the way, to take the next step in obedience and the next and the next and the next and the next.

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Just Like Your Sisters

There are some patterns you can observe among members of a family. My wife and I met in band in college. My kids have all been active in band in school and it would appear that a few of them have even met their match in band. It’s just part of who we are.

My boys go places often to have people say, “You’re a Peercy, aren’t you?” They look a lot alike. They do some similar things. That’s kind of how families are. Continue reading Just Like Your Sisters