Moderately Radical

It’s funny to me how we tend to see everything in others almost entirely in relation to ourselves.

I was teasingly called a liberal on a particular occasion, but, given the circumstance in which it took place, I gladly owned that label. It was because I know that my perspectives would legitimately be seen as liberal in that context. However, anywhere else in the world, I would be seen only as the tiniest bit less conservative than those around me.

I have been spending some time meditating and reflecting upon Paul’s powerful testimony to the folks at Philippi as he stated so very powerfully that he counted everything else in his life as garbage in comparison to the one highest, greatest, over-arching purpose in his life – to know Jesus (Philippians 3).

That’s pretty radical to most of us.

As some friends and I are spending some focused time in prayer for direction in some important matters, I find myself torn with an argument I have had numerous times in my life. It is the matter of where our common sense plays into the process of seeking God. I have had a number of people (for whom I have utmost respect) tell me that God gave us common sense for a reason and so we seek God but listen to common sense. I get that.

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Recalculating…

I always find it humorous when the GPS navigation device or app says, “recalculating.”

Unless I’m driving…then I don’t like it much at all. It’s like this smug little person in a machine is saying, “Hold on a minute while I figure out how to get you out of this mess.”

But what happens when we get so far off course that our GPS doesn’t even know where we are? Or maybe we just don’t have a very good connection with the satellite. What do we do then?

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