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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

RADICAL VS. RIDICULOUS

It's been a while since I have "blogged" here, but believe me, my mind has been racing and I definitely need to "dump" some of the content - so, here goes!

As I have shared before, I had the great privilege to go to Passion 2011 in Atlanta back in January.  It is a weekend of diving into God's word and worshiping with other believers - most of whom happen to be college students.  I was able to hear God's Word taught by wonderful, Godly men and women such as Louie Giglio, John Piper, Francis Chan, Beth Moore, Andy Stanley and David Platt.  

After listening to David Platt, author of Radical, and after allowing myself time to digest what his message was about, I began thinking about what a "radical life" would look like for me.  My first thought and reaction was to give away everything I had, quit my current occupation, join the IMB, go to Africa or Thailand or Romania, never wear another name brand piece of clothing again, eat only once a day, and so on and so forth!  Radical?  or Ridiculous?  In my case, RIDICULOUS!  Now, am I saying that those things are ridiculous?  Absolutely not!!!  Because you and/or I may be asked to do any number of those things in the name of the Lord.  But what made it ridiculous is the fact that it was MY thought and MY reaction to what I heard.  It was never bathed in prayer!  It was from my own mind and my own human reaction.  That is what made it ridiculous.  

God calls us to live radically - and I personally believe that it is the way to reach this modern society that we live in; however, we have to seek God in all that we do so that our lives reflect Him and His radical way of loving others and drawing them to Himself!    

So, as I walk through this life and seek His will in what I do and what I say, I have to ask myself, is this "radical" or "ridiculous"?  It's my way of reminding myself of the importance of praying and LISTENING for God to speak truth in my life.  

So, today, are you living radically or ridiculously?         

2 comments:

  1. Many times in my life I have had thoughts of giving everything away and just spending my life serving but then I come to my senses and decide that I can do a lot from my little house and 'farmette' in Hiwasse, AR. I believe we should bloom where we are planted. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. Freddie - when I look at your life I believe that I am not the only one who would say that you live RADICALLY! I love you!!!!! And your little dog(s) too! :)

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