Monday, October 06, 2014

Yaconelli: our mess

Monday, October 6, 2014
    Feast of William Tyndale, Translator of the Scriptures, Martyr, 1536
    [Jesus:] “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
    —John 6:27 (NIV)
    Spirituality is not a formula; it is not a test. It is a relationship. Spirituality is not about competency; it is about intimacy. Spirituality is not about perfection; it is about connection. The way of the spiritual life begins where we are now in the mess of our lives. Accepting the reality of our broken, flawed lives is the beginning of spirituality not because the spiritual life will remove our flaws but because we let go of seeking perfection and, instead, seek God, the one who is present in the tangledness of our lives.
    ... Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Messy Spirituality [2002], Zondervan, 2007, p. 14 (see the book)
    See also John 6:27; Ps. 1:1-2; 119:11; Jer. 9:23-24; Luke 19:5-9; Rom. 8:6-7; 12:2; 1 John 4:6-7; 5:3-4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are healing my broken life.
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