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Battles, adventures, and beauties

There are three desires I find written so deeply into my heart I know I can no longer disregard them without losing my soul. They are core to who and what I am and yearn to be. I gaze into boyhood, I search the pages of literature, I listen carefully to many, many men, and I am convinced that these desires are universal, a clue into masculinity itself. They may be misplaced, forgotten, or misdirected, but at the heart of every man is a desperate desire for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.

—John Eldredge, Wild at Heart


Today there is sun and the borderline warmth of springtime. Though I was rudely awakened by an AT&T telemarketer, I soon found it difficult to be anything but grateful for the day ahead and the opportunity to live in it.

Thoroughly enjoying Wild at Heart, and am thankful that most of the book still lies ahead. Eldredge also co-authored one of my heart's favorite books, The Sacred Romance (if you haven't yet read this, do), so I knew it would likely be deep and rich, as well as carrying the recommendation of many friends. Frankly, I sometimes feel stupid for how long it takes me to read through a book, but in this case, I'll gladly linger in these pages awhile.

Remember a few years ago when, after hearing a small slice of my story, Don Hudson asked, "You're a dangerous man, aren't you?" A smile crept across my face as I remembered, if only for an echo's moment, who I was, who I am. "Yes," I told him, "Yes I am." He saw me, even while I was hiding. It was good.

Since May, I've been called out of hiding, called back into my identity. In the strangeness and confusion, I've often wondered where God is, what He's up to, what story He's telling in my life. But really, isn't that wondering, that seeking, the whole point? The only way for me to have no questions now is to have no heart. That's not to say that I am no longer called to deny myself— I am, daily— but I am also called to live out who He's made me to be.

A battle to fight. An adventure to live. A beauty to rescue. This is going to be an amazing story. Indeed, it already has been.

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Hmmm, dang those telemarketers anyway!

But..economic desperation calls for desperate measures! I once worked as a telemarketer and once I found a better job, I dropped that one like a hot potato!

Anyway, enjoy your day!
I also did telemarketing, for one day.
Did you? I did it for a month and wouldn't want to do it again! It's a general rule that no one likes telemarketers anyway but some of the crazies we used to get on the phone...ugh! [LOL]
hmmm
Hm?
Wonderful post, just trying to figure out what it means :)

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Perhaps the question here covers that territory. :)
Why do I start these discussions with you? :)
Dangerous? I guess we're all dangerous. That's why its a good idea to be suspicious of ourselves.
While I don't disagree with you, being dangerous and wild is also part of being created in the image of God:
"Safe?...Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."

–Mr. Beaver, regarding Aslan (in C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
Eldrege also points to Ezra Pound's "Ballad of the Goodly Fere" as a picture of the dangerousness of Christ. He didn't get sentenced to death for being "gentle Jesus, meek and mild." This is an aspect of bearing His image that much of today's church has neglected or hidden from. Thankfully, He reminds us of His wildness, and our own, daily. Part of being fully human, I believe.

Exciting, isn't it?
Yes. I love that quote from C S Lewis. One of my favourites. :)
I've read part of "The Sacred Romance"-my pastor Scotty Smith, actually preached on it for about a month two years ago. I have been meaning to pick up "Wild at Heart" for sometime now....now I must go buy it! :) I hope you are doing reletivly well!

~Blessings~
~Mel :)
Scotty Smith? As in Nashville, Tennessee? I really appreciated his collaboration with Steven Curtis Chapman in Steven's book, Speechless. Actually, outside the Bible, that book has been the most influential in all of my life.

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Yes Scotty Smith as in Nashville, TN (well actually Franklin, TN...but it doesn't matter). That is where I grew up...I went to Christ Community Church where Scotty is the Senior Pastor for 6 years. :D

wild at heart

Yay! I'm so glad you're reading it! Woo-hoo! I loved that book, read it 2 1/2 times. Maybe you've read me talking about it. Good news, and I hope that you do end up enjoying it and being blessed by it.