My previous post was a reblog showing pictures of comic ironies. I couldn’t help noticing yet another real life example from this post in Donald Miller’s Storyline blog. If you have perused the reading list, you may recognize him as the author of NY Times bestseller, Blue Like Jazz (2003), in which he tells of, in compelling fashion, his early, rather prickly, relationship with religion and his own journey of transformation–at least in part.
The irony lies in how Donald’s passions for helping, writing, and faith have led him to collaborate with Shauna who is a member of one of America’s most influential church leadership families. Tell me God isn’t grinning… Discover the connection for yourself as Shauna reveals itin this delightful video.
Of particular interest, is her reference (03:20) to a limiting theological narrative, which you or I may, consciously or not, wrestle with. I appreciate both her thoughtful response and the generous way it is delivered. I have read, listened to (and lived) the positions of those who hold opposing views, some scathing, some less so. While I give intellectual assent to her words, in practice I have loose threads of earlier teaching persistently clinging to my clothing, threads I am still in process of shedding. Perhaps theological limitation is not your obstacle, but you are more challenged by logistical factors. In my case, that’s double jeopardy. Whatever it is for you, Shauna calls us out of hiding and into a vision that promises hope, joy and a renewed sense of life. And if you’ve watched the news lately, we can’t get too much of that!
Also, of particular interest to me–and I hope you, as a Bride Not Wife reader–is her comment about how not living from and into one’s passion often leads to “exhaustion and, simulatneously, depression” (06:30-08:15). When I think of a bride, I think of living from passion. When I think of wife, it brings to mind having settled into [even an enjoyable] role and going about what’s expected of us–which may or may not, with the passage of time, continue to be characterized by passion.
Not only am I inspired by Shauna’s words, but I am thinking of women in my life who truly embody this same ethos. It has not been an easy journey but one worth taking. Taken together, I am renewed today in my resolve to stay on course and to resist the many attractive, even beneficial distractions that present themselves. I trust you will be as well.
(I receive no compensation for mentioning Storyline, Donald Miller or Shauna Niequist here. I simply enjoy and benefit from their work and want to share it with you.)
In case you wonder, here’s a quote from Blue Like Jazz publisher: “In Donald Miller’s early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.”
COMMENT: (Under post title)
Have you identified your passion(s) and the obstacles that stand in the way of living into it? What can you do to moderate their impact and negotiate your way around and through them, lovingly, intentionally?