Minimizing Distance

I had an interesting discussion w God during my prayer time today about what creates distance or gaps in my relationship w God. I started thinking about the whole Garden of Eden debacle & it seems like that’s a great place to look at the distance dilemma. The conversation Eve had with the snake suggests a few distance “insights”:
*believing lies & distortions about God’s Word creates distance
*talking about God rather than with God can be a distance indicator
*passivity can create distance w God (it looks like Adam was listening to the conversation between Eve & the serpent in Gen 3)
*desiring anything more than God can create distance (Eve looked at the fruit & it looked good to her)
Now my point in sharing these things is that I don’t want to have any gaps or distance in my relationship w God. So if you’re like me, maybe these could be helpful red flags. Do you have more insights or suggestions (not just the normal “sin” answer, please)? Thanks muchos!! ūüôā

lessons from an eye exam

¬†I took my son to the eye dr today because he’s been a bit challenged with a few things. ¬†When they checked his eyes, they were super thorough & examined his vision for both distance & close up. ¬†This eye dr visit is a whole new thing for me because I’ve never had any issues with my eyes. ¬†Nevertheless, it made me think about my focus as it pertains to faith. ¬†Myopic vision is vision that can see pretty well up close, but not so well far away. ¬†The opposite is true with far-sightedness.

I think that the same is sometimes true with our faith. ¬†Sometimes, it seems like I can have strong faith for what could be an immediate & up close challenge, but struggle in my faith for what seems far away (like some concerns about the future or places where I may be traveling, etc). ¬†Or maybe the opposite is more true for you – maybe you struggle with your faith in the immediate day-to-day challenges, but the stuff that’s more distant is much easier for your faith. ¬†Whatever may be your challenge, we can trust that God is the best vision Dr & can help us to keep our eyes on Him for both the up close & immediate stuff, as well as the things that are farther away & distant. ¬†So like it says in Hebrews 12 – let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author & perfecter of our faith ūüôā

distance #2: getting closer

There are lots of reasons to keep one’s distance in relationships.¬† There are also lots of reasons to allow one’s self to get close in relationships.¬† I’d really like your input on some reasons in both categories – so can you please leave a comment?

Also, I’m excited because Sunday I get to share about this topic & I feel that God’s given me some pretty amazing things to consider & apply – don’t miss Sunday for any reason.¬† You also need to come because Mark Thomas is leading worship & it will be really powerful.¬† It will really be worth your time!

distance #3

Ok, sunday i had the privilege of speaking about letting Jesus get close.  Just to be totally honest Рi had way too much fun getting to share on this topic.  Seriously, this was a blast for me!!!

Here’s my gist:¬† i think that we keep Jesus at a distance for lots of reasons, but some common ones include:¬†

  • busy-ness (i’m too busy, like Martha in Luke 10, i think),
  • hurt / emotions (i’m disappointed or hurt by Jesus so i’m going to keep my distance, like Mary in John 11)
  • unworthy (i’ve got WAY too much¬†garbage in my life¬†for Jesus to get too close, like the centurion in Luke 11).

Its unfortunate that we use these reasons to keep Jesus at arms length.¬† I’ve found that if I ask Him to help me w my busy-ness, i feel closer to Him & He often does help me!¬† I also find that Jesus is deeply moved by my pain & wants to be involved in helping me resolve it.¬† Finally, the reality is that we all have huge quantities of garbage – but Jesus came to make us worthy.¬† Keeping Jesus at a distance from our personal lives isn’t constructive.¬† the end