The Chair and the Desk, 2/19/16

From the chair:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

-Galatians 5:22-24

I think I may have posted this verse and made this point here before, but that’s probably more good than bad. This (the above) is it. This is what we’re looking for; this is what it’s about; this is what we’re missing; this is what it means to truly live. I don’t know why I missed it when I heard it the first time at 4 or 5. I don’t know why I kept looking for other answers, other definitions of “the good life”; for that matter, I don’t know why I still do. This is it: The life God intends for us, and it’s also the life God grows in us. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Thanks be to God.

From the desk:

“I think it’s about finding the need. It’s about finding the need to say it.” 

-Benedict Cumberbatch, interview with Melvyn Bragg about his recent role in Hamlet

Preaching isn’t exactly acting–it’s not pretending–but perhaps that’s exactly the point. When asked how he wrestled with the “to be or not to be” monologue, Cumberbatch says, “it’s about finding the need.” If we’re not acting, then we, even more, as preachers, need to find the need to say what we’re saying this Sunday. The words aren’t enough; the people can tell the difference if we don’t mean it. Our great advantage is, it’s true–it’s true of us; they’re our words, in our voice, so we can mean it. We can mean it, and the people can at least be convinced of that.

“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake.


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