[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Writing intimidates me. There, it’s in the open. Now you all know. Writing is worrisome. I wonder how I will be heard or taken. I fear that my words will be twisted to mean something else, or worse yet, that ten years from now I will discover that I was wrong about something.[/vc_column_text]
[/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]I think this is the greatest of the intimidations when it comes to writing, that what is currently my best understanding will then be nothing more than a silly child’s attempt at advanced calculus. And I won’t be able to go back and change it.
The impact will have already occurred, “But wait, I was wrong, all this time I’ve led falsely.” But it will be seemingly hopeless. Those who have read my earlier words may never return to hear the recant, or the discussion that soon ensued. From that point on, I’ll be branded as a “whatever-ist.” Oh, don’t you know? Michael thought it was a great idea to burn people at the stake! Or, He even did this, or that! or Can you believe he actually believed in something-complicated-ism?!
Rest assured, my views on life and theology will most likely change… as I’m sure yours will as well. This is the result of growing through life and knowing God better. The more we know God, the more we understand things about Him. And the more we understand, through prayer, daily walk and the intentional studying of the Word, the more accurate our views and theology become. A child’s understanding of a subject— especially complex topics — or personal tragedies will seldom be the same as that of an adult’s. Or if it is, we say that they have spent their life learning nothing about those topics or the human condition. We would call this person sheltered indeed (or else a child prodigy).
And yet we all wear these masks of “absolute knowledge.” We like to think we have it all figured out and don’t need to learn or change or grow. We even do this regarding the most difficult Person(s) we know of, God Himself (in His triune nature). How could we possibly pretend that what we believe when we are 8, or 26, or even 86 should be adequate enough to last us our lives without needing constant attention to the continued growth of that knowledge, understanding and relationship with Him?
So let me begin anew: I don’t have it all figured out. What I write, think, and feel are all subject to my current and growing knowledge concerning myself, the human condition, the Word of God, and God Himself. Through the Holy Spirit, I pray that God protects me from too great an error and the rest will rest on you, the reader. This is not a blog of permanent theologies, or a manual to be administered to the doctrinally distraught; no, this is a chronicle of the walk and understanding of one man, over the course of his life, trying to grow in the knowledge and grace of God. So to those wearing masks of pomp and completion, I ask that you here take them off. And to that great intimidation that has loomed over my head in the past, I will dispel its weights.
Won’t you join me on this journey? Begin with the words that mean the most and write with me, travel with me, and be a part of the conversation. Journeys are always more fun with friends, so let’s go. Let’s throw off intimidation, break free from the chains of expectations, and punch the fear of failure in the face and begin to walk.
So begins the journey of a lifetime, the journey of growth – let’s grow together.
What are intimidations that you let control your effectiveness, or your passions? What beliefs have you grown into, or out of, over the course of your life?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][ctitle title=”Join the Conversation Below!” color=”#666666″ background=”#fff”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]