In-Sight: A Holy Mix

We expend large amounts of time and energy trying to find our “it”–our theological position, our political stance, our church affiliation, our personality profile, etc, etc.  Only later do we realize that God is more concerned about our “mix.” 

On some things we are liberal, on others conservative.  On some issues we prefer the Republican view, on others the Democratic.  On some topics, we side with our chosen church, on others we find greater light outside our tradition.  And in our general approach to life, we discover that no single personality type fully defines us. 

The point is, God does everything possible to reveal the richness of our lives, showing us how we are a blend of beliefs, perspectives, and qualities.  We are the ones who want to “camp out” in one place with one group.  We are the ones who mistakenly believe that “middle C” and “piano” are the same thing.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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2 Responses to In-Sight: A Holy Mix

  1. Laura Berg says:

    It took me five years of competing for 1st chair clarinetist to realize that 2nd chair provided a rich harmonious accompaniment to 1st. But in order to achieve the clarinet section’s richest value, we always needed to be connected and in synch with the whole orchestra under the direction of the conductor. There was no “best” section of the band for to strive for “best” was to be consciously aware of the “other” instruments in order to achieve our richest quality as a whole and enjoy the reward of a standing ovation. Ending with that, we always applauded the conductor for without him/her, we were just a noisy gang and a clanging cymbal. Thanks, Steve, for “middle C”. I’ll strike E.

  2. Steve pedlow says:

    We are chaos theory personified. Yet, we seek to label ourselves and others, and associate by like labels. Thanks again, rabbi

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