There is nothing like a leap of faith that reveals the false footings of our hearts. For me, it was at that cliff called Surrender. God had prompted my family into missional living and full-time ministry, and I needed to let go and leap.
But, the set-up didn’t seem that appealing. First, I didn’t feel prepared; neither my husband nor I have seminary degrees. Further, it all seemed too counter-culture, talking about living intentionally in a neighborhood in that part of town. Truth is, we had been looking for a nice, quiet, and rural setting for our family. And, this new God-driven proposition demanded we loosen our white knuckles that gripped around our security, our sense of control, and our idyllic pursuit of the American dream.
Looking back, that season was wrought with struggle – because we were pulled taught between God and His blessings. After all, God wasn’t asking us to quit seeking after bad things; He was asking us to surrender really good things, blessings that we had elevated to a God-like status. And, trusting God meant releasing our hold on them in order to let Him reign uncontested.
As I am learning, some idols don’t look so bad on the outside; in fact, they are beautiful, and we enjoy worshiping them. So, “having no other gods before me” may not just be about not loving the bad things. It may also be about loving the good things too much…[continue reading here]