What’s it all about

There is a drawing together right now – here – in this bloggy community. I keep being asked “what’s it all about – I think I am missing something”.

But just how do you draw relationship? How do you express relationship without creating just one more club with the same tired rules and exclusion clauses?

And then I think of being married – that was not my intention when we first met. How we have lived together more than 30 years – that was not the intention when we first met. How we have had four children – how we have weathered storms that could and have torn us apart – how we know now what we never knew then – so much that was “never our intention” when we first met. How would I have written that – expressed that – when we first met.

Just how do you draw relationship? How do you express relationship as a structure? Because when we talk about God – talk about Kingdom Work? We are talking about relationship. It is always about relationship. Because the answer is always Love. And relationship is the ONLY way to Love. And love is the only way to relationship.

But talk about “committing to Kingdom work”?

Immediately we ask what are your intentions? What are you creating? Where is this going? Who do you need? What will they do? Who is boss? Do I like who is boss? What if we disagree? What if I think My God is not Your God – what then? And our spiritual DNA response?

“I am not sure I can commit because I don’t know what I am committing to.”

He has spoken this morning: “You are committing to relationship. On the same basis I always offer: without pre-conditions, in unconditional Love and fellowship, of One together in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

You are committing to bring His “Harrods” to others who do not know it even exists. You are committing to supporting those who prefer to shop in a “convenience store”. You are committing to walking as He walks, you are committing to loving as He loves, you are committing to share the fruit of your own gifts given to you alone, you are committing to doing that in relationship. Because Love already lives. We are in a relationship with (whatever name we have for) God. And Love connects.

You are committing to the same invitation He gives each of us: Follow Me.

This morning my verses were well known “classics”.

“Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.” John 11:19-27

How often we live, “I know that I will rise again in the resurrection on the last day – until then …”

Living a “good life” so we can have a “great eternity” – saving for “our dream cruise” by “penny pinching” right now. Living half a life now so we can “live forever” – when we die.

Jesus’ reply?

“I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

I do not see a future tense there. Only present tense. Now. This moment. My “dream cruise” IS my life and daily living – now – today. I am not “saving” for my dream cruise – because it costs nothing. I am not living a good life so I can have a “great future”. I am living right now – today, this moment – in “Harrods”.

Because how can I have a relationship with “the future” (and how can I love myself so much that I ONLY love you because that’s how I get to heaven when I die)?

“I am the resurrection and the life.”

It is 7.04am on Wednesday morning here right now as I write these words. I know He means “I AM” right now, and the next second, and the second after that.

That is relationship. That is Love. That is my answer.


11 thoughts on “What’s it all about

  1. Pingback: Our string of lights | Work for the Cause not the Applause

    • Don thank you. I look forward to skyping tomorrow. There was no intention to write anything at all today. Catch up with reading – that was my plan!! 🙂

  2. I’m not an artist. Stick figures are my medium. But I can appreciate (most) art. I especially appreciate the artist’s eye and vision for the finished piece. He begins with a blank canvas and mixes colors, brushes, swirls, scrapes with time. Sometimes hours. Sometimes days. Often an artist requires months and even years to complete a piece. He devotes himself to a dangling leaf on an autumn tree or to the welling tear in the eye of a widow. Each brushstroke completed with intention. With patience. With love. Love for the details. Love for the piece that will never be finished. Not really. Because an artist is always his own worst critic.

    Sometimes the work is a masterpiece. Sometimes it is not. But the experience of it remains. And no experience is bad if a person learns from it.

    Your question: “But just how do you draw relationship?”

    Perhaps in the same way an artist approached a canvas.

    Just my thoughts this morning, Paul.

    Thank you as always for your insight.

      • Hi Levi! I have missed you! And I am “on the mend”. Praise God! It has been a longer recovery than I had hoped but I seem to be functioning better. 🙂
        I am pacing myself with reading a few posts here and there. Before long, I am hoping to be writing again. God has shared so much with me these past months. Pruning, though quite painful, is necessary for new growth, and especially new fruit.
        I pray you are well and look forward to what is to come. 🙂

    • “Love for the piece that will never be finished.”

      How I love you artistry and poetry – you never fail to take me to a new place and a new thought! Thank you Heather – you have done it again!

      (see you later today!! wheeeeeee ….!!)


  3. Wow. I am simply in tears this morning. I, too, picked up on, “how do you draw relationship?”
    One word at a time. One simple, kind, compassionate word at a time. One sensing, knowing, heart-connection. One reaching out to another human and showing the heart of Jesus. One hand reaching across an ocean, extending when the thought occurs someone may be drifting away.
    Thank you.

    • Susan – I am seeing so many “how” comments written here, this is really humbling! And wonderful and connecting! Thank you!!

      “One” x five = One! 🙂


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