Wednesdays are very long days. I leave for work that morning and don’t get home until late that evening. Yesterday included a usual leadership meeting at 5:15 and then a meal in our community center building. After the meal, I taught an adult Bible class. I have always enjoyed teaching on Wednesday evenings. There is an informality and energy that is very stimulating.
This week, I have also been stimulated and encouraged by my reading. I started Phillip Yancey’s new book entitled Prayer and had difficulty putting it down. (Seriously!) I encourage you to consider reading it. Yesterday, I read the October issue of Richard Foster’s Perspective. He shares "A Dream…and a Hope." You can read the entire article here.
Foster begins the article by saying: I dream of a day when spiritual formation
has so saturated all who follow hard after
Jesus that they become known to all as experts
in how to live well…
- How to love a spouse well.
- How to raise children well.
- How to study well.
- How to face adversity well.
- How to run businesses and financial institutions well.
- How to form community life well.
- How to reach out to those on the margins well.
- How to die well.
The above list caught my attention. In fact, after reading the entire article, I read through this list again several times. Why is this list attractive to me? Because I want to live well. I do not want to just exist. Nor, do I want to settle. So, there are some questions I want to keep before me:
- How does Jesus want me to love my spouse?
- How does Jesus want me to raise my children?
- How does Jesus want me to study?
- How does Jesus want me to face the adversity in my life?
- How does Jesus want me to behave as a business person?
- How does Jesus want me to function so that real community exists where I am?
- How does Jesus want me to relate to those on the margins?
- How does Jesus want me to handle my death?
Maybe this sounds overly simplistic. I don’t think so. In fact, for me as a Christian, these questions are critical. It is far too easy to continue bad habits and laziness or to just settle for living as those around me seem to be living. Yet, I believe that, in the end, to not seriously grapple with these questions is my loss. Anyway, this is what I am praying about today.