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7 Things I've Learned About Life From My Three Year Old

7 Things I’ve Learned About Life From My Three Year Old

I have a current three-year-old. I’ve had two other kids work their way through the three-year journey. I have one more child to make the trek.

Three-year-olds are interesting creatures: too old for some stuff not old enough for others. There’s plenty that can be learned for looking at kids. Jesus even told us to be like them.

Here are a few things I’ve learned.

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Enjoy: How To Have An Adventure

To enjoy life is to enjoy God.

Jesus was not a buzzkill. Jesus was not a party-pooper. Jesus was not a “Debbie Downer”.

Jesus wants you to enjoy life, to thrive in life, and to experience life. Just not apart from Him.

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Instrument: How To Make Opposites Attract

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

Prayer of St. Francis

Amen.

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Walk: How To Have Fun on the Journey

He turns exile into ecstasy, and banishment into bliss.

Charles Spurgeon

Mourning to joy
Weeping to laughing
Orphans to sons
Outsiders to insiders
Death to life
Wilderness to paradise

4 But God, with the unfathomable richness of His love and mercy focused on us, 5united us with the Anointed One and infused our lifeless souls with life—even though we were buried under mountains of sin—and saved us by His grace. 6He raised us up with Him and seated us in the heavenly realms with our beloved Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King. 7He did this for a reason: so that for all eternity we will stand as a living testimony to the incredible riches of His grace and kindness that He freely gives to us by uniting us with Jesus the Anointed.

Ephesians 2:4-7

We do not experience ecstasy outside of Christ, but only inside of Him. We can’t truly have bliss without Jesus, but only with Him.

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Journey or How to Make Your Life Awesome

Within this Christian vision of marriage, here’s what it means to fall in love. It is to look at another person and get a glimpse of what God is creating, and to say, “I see who God is making you, and it excites me! I want to be part of that. I want to partner with you and God in the journey you are taking to his throne. And when we get there, I will look at your magnificence and say, ‘I always knew you could be like this. I got glimpses of it on earth, but now look at you!”
Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

Today is the tenth anniversary of my marriage to Anna. Well, not actually today while I’m writing this, but when you read it.

Middle School Sweethearts

I first met Anna at band camp. I was pumped about band camp. We had just moved to a new town the year before. Anna played flute and I played drums, so there wasn’t much interaction at first. But, there she was: sandy-blonde hair, braces, and natural beauty. And there I was: brown hair, knobby knees, and 8th-grade awkwardness. But to make a long story short, we eventually started dating.

High School Sweethearts

We dated throughout high school. Our relationship was fraught with the occasional breakups over nothing, jealousy, and sappy high school love. We dated “undercover” for awhile meaning if anyone asked if we were together, the standard answer was “We’re just friends.” But, eventually that wore off and we came clean with our relationship.

Sweethearts

Our relationship continued after I graduated high school. It was hard to stay together after we weren’t together every day. But we managed. Anna graduated the year after me. She came to school at the same place I as attending. Shortly, after she started school, we broke up. I was devastated yet continued to show her love. Not in the super creepy way but in the “waiting for her” kind of way. It was quite a while and a lot of learning on my part before we got back together.

Serious Relationship

We eventually moved to Hamilton to be a part of the Ramp. We dated the whole time we were both there. We eventually moved back to our hometown. Shortly, thereafter we got engaged.

Marriage

We got married in August of  2005. I would have thought that knowing each other as long as we did our first couple of years of marriage would’ve been awesome, but they were rough. We were able to work through our issues because we gave ourselves no other options. I eventually learned that over-communication was the recipe to help keep our relationship healthy.

Since 2010, we’ve had 3 children and one is coming in September of 2015.  This journey has been full of ups and downs. More “ups” I’d say. There’s no one else on earth that I’d rather spend the journey called life with than Anna.

Here’s to many, many more years!

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Death or How You Can Level Up Your Life

I believe that if Christ wants a death for us it is the death of our low-level humanity. His desire is the full revelation of our resurrection to divinity, which is our high-level humanity.

Low-level humanity? High-level humanity? This can be confusing. I’m not sure I’ll ever get it all worked out in my brain. But let’s start here.

Low-Level Humanity

This is the type of humanity (read, living) that keeps you down both mentally and spiritually. This is an unhealthy side of humility or false humility. This living is damaging to itself and those around.

This is the “I’m not good enough. I don’t deserve love. I can’t be good enough.” type of mind frame of low-level humanity.

High-Level Humanity

This type of humanity is what Jesus gave us through his life, death, and resurrection. This high-level humanity is actually the divinity that Jesus affords us because we are in Him and He’s in us. Let me be clear, I’m not saying that we are divine, I am saying that we are included in Christ’s divine nature. This is the true humility. This living is empowering to us and everyone we are connected to.

This is the “I’m not good enough without Jesus. I don’t deserve love, but God loves me anyway. I can’t be good enough, but God makes me good enough.” type of mind frame of high-level humanity.

Proof

Here are some verses that let us know that Christ’s desire for us is to fully realize our status as partakers of His divine nature.

6:4 Baptism pictures how we were co-buried together with Christ in his death; then it powerfully illustrates how in God’s mind we were co-raised with Christ into a new lifestyle. (Hos 6:2)
6:5 We were like seeds planted together in the same soil, to be co-quickened to life. If we were included in his death we are equally included in his resurrection.
Romans 6:4-5 Mirror

5:14  The love of Christ 1resonates within us and leaves us with only one conclusion: Jesus died humanity’s death; therefore, in God’s logic every individual simultaneously died.
5:15  Now if all were included in his death they were equally included in his resurrection. This unveiling of his love redefines human life! Whatever reference we could have of ourselves outside of our association with Christ is no longer relevant.
5:16  This is radical! No label that could possibly previously define someone carries any further significance! Even our pet doctrines of Christ are redefined. Whatever we knew about him historically or sentimentally is challenged by this conclusion.
5:17  In the light of your co-inclusion in his death and resurrection, whoever you thought you were before, in Christ you are a brand new person! The old ways of seeing yourself and everyone else are over. Acquaint yourself with the new!
2 Corinthians 5:14-17 Mirror

1:4a This is exactly what God always had in mind for us; every one of his abundant and priceless promises pointed to our restored participation in our godly origin!

2 Peter 1:4  Mirror

2:19 My co-crucifixion with Christ is valid! I am not making this up. In his death I died to the old system of trying to please God with my own good behavior! God made me alive together with Christ. How can any human effort improve on this! (Hos 6:2 and Eph 2:5)
2:20  The terms, co-crucified and co-alive define me now. Christ in me and I in him! (Jn 14:20) His sacrificial love is evidence of his persuasion of my righteousness!

Galatians 2:19-20  Mirror

Please note 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul is telling us that we are no longer the old us. We are a brand new person! The old lens through which we saw ourselves is broken and destroyed. Now we have the privilege and joy of making ourselves fully acquainted with our new selves.

Application

Kick the tires. Look under the hood. Take it for a spin. Drive it as fast as possible. Through Christ, we didn’t get a new paint job, we got a whole new class of automobile.

Although, this all happens at the moment of conversion this is a lifelong and possibly an eternal process to fully realize this. And you know what? That’s ok! We are learning a space and a creation that we aren’t used to. I love this line from The Matrix.

Neo: Why do my eyes hurt?
Morpheus: You’ve never used them before.

Here are three ways to apply this concept of high-level humanity to our daily lives.

  1. Meditate on the scriptures above. (There are probably more scriptures that can relate to this topic.)

  2. Remind yourself of your new humanity in Christ. (He has made you new. He has brought you in.)

  3. Surround yourself with people who will remind you of your new humanity in Christ. (These people also won’t let you stay in your low-level anymore either.)

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Tension or How to Make Your Own Island

“No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. One of the widest gaps in human experience is the gap between what we say we want to be and our willingness to discipline ourselves to get there.”

Harry Emerson Fosdick, Living Under Tension Sermons On Christianity Today

Live. Moving. Evolving. Changing. Growing. Expanding. Volatile. Exciting. Active. Progressive. Dynamic. Unending. Gradual. Dynamic. Advancing. Continuing. Increasing. Endless. Repeating. Unceasing. Steady. Uninterrupted. Nonstop.

Settle

Sometimes we get so settled in an idea that was once a ground-shaking, new territory idea that it begins to cool; at which point new ideas or perspectives that are red hot begin to push against the hardening. Each breakthrough of concept or viewpoints brings more land, more space, and more life to the overall structure of thought.

Over time what is created is a whole new island of context. This island, while stable, is not rigid, stagnant, or stoic, but volatile, active, and exciting.

All of this is powered by an inner fire. This inner fire is the fuel that propels the island in its growth and stability.

Tension

We must live in this tension of growth and stability. This tension is the life of the believer.

Tension is not chaotic. Tension is not confusion. Tension is progress. Tension is growth.

Tension is not always fun. But tension is necessary.

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Participate

“The other half of the prophet’s job is to keep people free for God. People get trapped in chains of guilt and low self-esteem, what they judge to be poor performance and less than perfect attendance. As if the goal of religion is “attendance” at an occasional ritual instead of constant participation in an Eternal Mystery!”

Richard Rohr

One thing about  Christianity is that it’s a call to participate in a Mystery.

Yes, It’s about God fully expressing His love towards us in Jesus. Yes, it’s about being free from sin.

But, there’s more to it than that.

Have you ever wondered what is was like for Peter to step out onto the water walking towards Jesus? Only fail miserably as he looked elsewhere and took his eyes off of Jesus.

What did Jesus say?

Immediately Jesus reached for Peter and caught him.

Jesus: O you of little faith. Why did you doubt and dance back and forth between following Me and heeding fear?
Matthew 14:31 VOICE

I love this translation because, I’ve always read this conversation as a stern rebuke. But, I’m not so sure anymore that that’s how Jesus meant it.

I think Jesus was saying, “You had it! You were doing it! But then you let fear and circumstances get in the way. It’s OK. Dry off. They’ll be other chances. Now, what did you learn?”

At least, that’s what I like to think He would say to me if I were in Peter’s water-logged sandals.

Jesus’ life was full of risk. I think He asks us to do the same.

Take risks.

Live in the tension of mystery.

Hold things with a loosened grip.

Get out of the boat.

Join Him.

Participate.

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Growth

The life of the believer is a journey to be more Christ-like, but also a journey be more “you-like”. Growth comes from being connected to Christ.

Growing into Christ means growing into you. Yes, Christ is the example but God did not create you to fit into the mold of Jesus. He created you to be a true expression of Himself in your skin. You are great “God-thought”.

“In every situation I am strong in the one who empowers me from within to be who I am!”

Philippians 4:13 Mirror

Not only does he love you, he empowers you to be who you are! It’s His life within you that allows you to be the true you.

“This is how we fit into God’s picture: Christ is the measure of our portion, we are in him, invented and defined in him. God’s blueprint intention is on exhibition in us. Everything he accomplishes is inspired by the energy and intent of his affection.”

Ephesians 1:11 Mirror

Never forget that He knows you. Intimately. Like a watchmaker knows the cogs and springs in a timepiece. He is aware of where you are on your journey. He’s not scared of the mistakes you’ve made already and will make in the future. He’s not far away from you watching objectively. He’s near. He’s close.

You see all things;
You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb;
Every detail of my life was already written in Your book;
You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.
Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, O God! I cherish each and every one of them!
How grand in scope! How many in number!
If I could count each one of them, they would be more than all the grains of sand on earth. Their number is inconceivable!
Even when I wake up, I am still near to You.

Psalm 139:16-18 VOICE

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Live

To live by the faith of the son of God means to live in the consciousness of the same sonship that Jesus enjoys.

Francois Du Toit

If I would’ve read this more than 2 years ago, I wouldn’t have believed it. Not because it isn’t true but because I didn’t have a proper view of my identity.

There are several scriptures that can back this thought up.

  • 1 John 4:17
  • Ephesians 2:6
  • Galatians 2:20
  • Romans 6:5-11

The idea is to stay aware of who you are and who He is.

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