Living Thoughts

Here's a few thoughts that I’ve had on life, God and people over the years. Living in the sense that they’re about life, and in the sense that they may change.

No matter how good the menu, it’s not good enough to eat. Facts about God are like a menu, they only tell us about Him. Unless you ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’, you won’t know the reality of Him.

I think churches are like a exquisite diamond. The light in a diamond is reflected and refracted in lots of different directions, but it’s the same light. As you look into it, you can’t actually see the diamond, just the light coming out of it. In the same way churches reflect part of God, and only part. He’s too big to get a handle on. We see different parts of Him reflected in the strengths of different churches and theological traditions.

Luke 6:43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.” To truly understand the heart of a person, look at the fruit of their lives.
Begin where you are, not where you think you should be. Many Christians put their best foot forward when relating to God. But he wants us as we are, not as we think we should be. The only way to grow is to bring your real self to Him, with it’s weaknesses and failings.

Guilt is a very poor motivator. Grace, forgiveness and gratitude reflect the light God has given us and is the basis for our transformation. 2 Cor 3:18 “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

The moon looks totally different in different phases and at different times. A new moon in the middle of the night is a tiny sliver, yet a full moon rising at sunset is a great big yellow ball. Yet it’s the exact same moon. I think God is the same. Sometimes He appears one way, and sometimes another, but it’s the same God.
1 Corinthians 13 provides us with one of the most important passages in the Bible. Yet it’s not really a description of love, but a character description of the lover.