Learning to depend on Christ in the midst of work, family, and loving my neighbor.
yeah, marsh! i'm glad you got this published. great thoughts, too, on giving/generosity earlier. thanks for putting those out there. in the midst of our family's financial struggles this past year i felt the need to give away more as a sign of trusting in God's faithfulness...and he definitely came through on that.hope GUPY prep is coming along well...
Marshall, I really enjoyed reading the article. Thanks for sharing your expereinces and again making me think.
Leigh - it's been good to reconnect with you via the blog - thanks for reading and encouraging me.AK - as always, just trying to follow in your footsteps.
Wow... that's pretty convicting. I'm not sure I'd have been able to get over losing the iPod! But seriously... isn't it sometimes annoying how God has to teach us lessons like that?! I'd like to think I'm not about possessions, but I guess I'm just as materialistic as the next guy. Lots to think about.
This story really hit home for me, not because I've been robbed recently, but because I've really been noticing an escalated fear of men, African-Americans, the poor, and even just being home alone this summer. Like your freaking out about your posessions, fear is so frustrating to notice as a champion of justice! I definitely think the ATM experience earlier this spring as well as a recent shooting a couple blocks from my church (DURING church) have been part of the change, but I'm also trying to think about how family stuff (ex: the sheer instability and lack of warning before my dad would go into a rage) are potentially playing a role increased anxiety levels. In any case, regardless of how much we feel we've unlearned materialism or racism or emotional dishonesty or whatever, it reveals itself to be a very long process of being redefined. Always comforting to know that at least that road is being traveled by many others! Thanks for sharing this story-- for me even more than being about attitude toward Stuff, it's an encouragement to stay humble, since few of us really "get it" when it comes to justice, even after years of passionate work.
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