Tuesday, August 11, 2009

let your life speak

"Let your life speak," or more precisely, "listening to your life" is a thought that came from Frederick Buechner. And indeed it is a wise thought.

I often read (on blogs) or hear someone else, and rather wish I was like them in some way. But what's important for us is to let our own lives in and from God speak to us and to others. We need to listen to our lives, and more precisely to God through our lives.

This means that I don't worry about all my limitations, but I go with what I have, and look to God to do the work that only he can do.

It's a strength and a blessing to learn more and more to accept ourselves fully, where God has us, and to accept others fully where God has them. And to do so with joy, realizing all good is a gift from God. And that he indeed is speaking to us through our lives. And through the lives of others.

Any thoughts you'd like to share here?

7 comments:

nAncY said...

yet,another book to put on my list.

however, your post is also full of good thought for today.

simon said...

yes I think this is a very positive post mate

Ted M. Gossard said...

nAncY,
Yes, Buechner is a good writer.

And of course God accepts us where we are, but doesn't leave us there. I just think we Christians have to be careful not to look down on others, but to be there for each other. So that we hear God speak through others in one way or another, even when they may not know God. As well as hopefully speaking through our own lives, since he is at work in them.

Thanks.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Simon,
Good to hear from you over here. Hope you and your's are well in "the land down under." Thanks.

nAncY said...

i appreciate your words in your reply. i agree with what you say and like to be reminded of it. also, the reminder to listen.

Bradley J. Moore said...

What an encouraging, uplifting, profound set of words. I often struggle between achieving my full potential with resting fully in the state of grace in which Christ accepts me. Sometimes forgetting about the achieving allows God to work through us with greater ease.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Bradley,
Thanks for your encouraging, kind words.

Yes. We need a balance between accepting ourselves where we're at, while pressing on to God's good goal for us in Jesus.