Friday, February 17, 2012

Real Friends Hang Out And Do Dumb Stuff

One of the best things about a really good friend is bringing them into a new part of your life. They tend to make it better. My best friend Alex and I talk about tough stuff in our lives, but we also make extravagant bacon-y breakfasts, watch anime and ride our bikes. A complete friendship with Alex includes both deep conversations and fun stuff. A complete relationship with God is the same way.

Deep worship and prayer times are wonderful, but God wants to be a part of our “normal” lives too. God created our world to have a vast and beautiful variety of experiences that aren't church services, Bible readings or musical worship. Those spiritual practices do shape how we see our world; they help us to see Jesus in less obvious places like in basketball games and biology homework.

The majority of life isn't overtly spiritual. We spend hours a day eating, working and getting from one place to another. Those parts of life are still a gift from God.

Jesus loves you. He says so in the Bible and if you listen you can hear him say so in the crisp richness of a strip of bacon, in Adele's sonorous tunes on the radio (or whoever music is super-personal), and in the hilarity of internet cat videos. God is not contained. May you enjoy his gracious and loving presence in all aspects of your life.

Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

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