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February 16, 2009
Watch out when God gets in the way of your life
Our Young Church
I hate it when God gets in the way of my life.
Just when things are going smoothly, I’m riding along getting things done, being nice to everybody, Jesus comes along and muddies the carpet of my neat little world.
I hate it when he does that, when he interferes with my plans.
I would prefer to go about my life, getting things done, being efficient and, most importantly, being uninterrupted — and when possible having others marvel at my futile attempts to live a life that is seamless and perfect.
But Jesus reminds me that he cares very little about all the things I can get done — even when they are “for him.” He is always more interested in who I am, than what I can do.
I believe he would just as soon pick his teeth with the stylus of my palm pilot than pat me on the back for my string of accomplishments.
But Jesus who so recklessly discards my false certainties and intervenes with my life’s agenda, always offers me something more, something better.
And he is calling us to do that very same thing for our young people.
Remember the disciple who asks Jesus, very justifiably I might add, if he can first go and bury his father? Then the Bible says, “But Jesus said, ‘Come follow me’” (Matthew 8.21,22).
The words “But Jesus” in the Bible, almost always forecast that some unsuspecting soul is about to get his world rocked. Some poor sap is about to receive a divine paradigm shift.
Today I am grateful for those people who, when I was going along, doing good stuff, interrupted me and altered my path — those who were Jesus for me and called me to follow someone greater, do something better, be more.
Who are those people in your life?
For whom have you been such a person?
Young people need us to be Jesus for them. They need us to interrupt their lives.
And while everything about their demeanour signals to us to stay away, keep our distance and mind our own business, young people desperately want us to take a sincere interest in the direction of their lives.
Our presence can give them leverage for change, for conversion. Our loving, challenging and supportive presence, our divine presence, can give them permission to be who they most want to be — who they are called to be.
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