Pushing houses across sandy soil

I feel I’m being called to be pro­found­ly non-strategic these days. What do big words add to under­stand­ing? Our mes­sage is sim­ple. All we need to do is love God and care for one anoth­er. Our task is not to know all the answers but to sim­ply fol­low what small leads we’ve been giv­en and trust in the Lord that this is the work of the King­dom. It is too easy to adopt the clothes of a pro­fes­sion­al­ism that hide a preda­to­ry motive and mask the unspo­ken fear at the root of our labors.

But love ye your ene­mies, and do good, and lend, hop­ing for noth­ing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the chil­dren of the High­est: for he is kind unto the unthank­ful and to the evil​.Be ye there­fore mer­ci­ful, as your Father also is mer­ci­ful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: con­demn not, and ye shall not be con­demned: for­give, and ye shall be forgiven:Give, and it shall be giv­en unto you; good mea­sure, pressed down, and shak­en togeth­er, and run­ning over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same mea­sure that ye mete with­al it shall be mea­sured to you again. 

I will wor­ry less about those who seem intent to push hous­es across sandy soil. I will dig down look­ing for the bedrock and I will invite oth­ers to join with their shov­els. I will stop wor­ry­ing about the specks in my broth­ers’ eyes.

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whoso­ev­er cometh to me, and heareth my say­ings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foun­da­tion on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehe­ment­ly upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was found­ed upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that with­out a foun­da­tion built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehe­ment­ly, and imme­di­ate­ly it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. Quotes from Luke 6.

  • Amen, Mar­tin. May the Lord’s fruit be evi­dent in your life.

  • On fur­ther thought, I com­mend to you Car­rie Newcomer’s song about the build­ing and destruc­tion of a canal on her album, The Geog­ra­phy of Light:

    “Nev­er doubt or ques­tion the pow­er of love and one woman with a shov­el.”