reckless dependence

i have this pretty amazing friend called paul.  sometimes i feel like – instead of writing myself –  i should just leave up a perpetual link to his blog instead.  there are far too many days that i just want to echo what he says.  sometimes i reflect on his thoughts and ‘discuss’ with him via my blog….other times i (somewhat ashamedly, but aware of the silliness of it all) blatantly  copy and paste his ideas here so that as many people as possible can read them.  today’s one of those days.  maybe i like this because they’re some of the same thoughts i’ve been wrestling with lately.  maybe because it’s simply fundamentally and foundationally true.  (i always have trouble separating objective and subjective)  either way, this was too good not to share:

jesus called us to the poor and the broken because we’re all poor and broken. lately, i’ve been overwhelmed with big concepts like how do we end homelessness or poverty. but those are side currents. we end poverty or homelessness by aligning ourselves with the interests of the poor and the homeless. we talk to them and we love them. and we allow them to minister to our poverty and brokenness. i talked to a man named billy for a while this morning, and as i was leaving, he asked me to pray for his back. he was unashamed in his faith in prayer. this is something none of my friends would ask me to do, and something i’ve never asked my friends to do. but billy was open with his need.

i spend so much time making myself self-dependent. but following christ is almost a race to the bottom, a reckless dependence, a peace beyond rationality, a child’s faith. i don’t have to answer the big questions. i only have to answer small questions like how can i love the person in front of me. i haven’t been called to judge or to solve or to fix. i’ve been called to love and to let god sort out the rest.

read the full post here.  and then just go ahead and add his RSS to the blogs you keep up with.  i promise you’ll be thankful you did.


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Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
-Kahlil Gibran

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