December 30th, 2006

Atlas

Resolving and overhauling

Already thinking about the year ahead, New Year's resolutions and all that lot. That's all tinted by having so much change to look forward to (and I really am looking forward to it!) with our wedding a mere four months away. Everything quickly begins to snowball as I realize I want to be healthier than I am in nearly every respect: physically, spiritually, relationally, financially, and so on. I'm not overwhelmed, but a forming a comprehensive plan is challenging and I don't want my efforts to be so diffuse that they're ineffective. Having this journal is helpful in looking back—this year's resolution (not fully met, but definitely a help) and Lenten disciplines (ditto) are good starting points.

Clearly, I'm still working through it. I have a day or two to nail it down, right?
Light

Handling Jesus

This reminded me that we are not so different than our ancestors:
Let's write a different story that leaves out that cross thing (which is really gross), and let's focus on just "spiritual wisdom" that just sort of helps us through the day. Don't tell us we gotta take up our crosses and follow Him—that's asking too much. We'd like a Jesus that we can handle, not a Jesus who handles us.

Ben Whitherington, in reference to the gnostic gospels