“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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