Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Title

So, I think captures (in whatever degree of "cheese" it may) the parts of life...
The inner life and the outer life.

I am longing to have my inner life submitted to the Holy Spirit and be full of His peace. I feel like I have a constant wrestling of ideas and thoughts swirling around in my head. Sometimes from Him. Sometimes from me. Sometimes hard to know the difference. As I sort through them and grow as I wrestle through these thoughts and ideas and seek Him first, perhaps I shall share some of what is going on "within."

And, why isn't "without" the opposite of "within"? For my purposes, it shall be. There is life within me and life around me. This is where kingdom living has to kick in. It can be so easy to have great ideas and values and philosophies about life inside my head, but as I interact with the world around me, I am challenged to know what bearing the image of God really looks like. I am faced with another wrestling that cannot take place only inside my head, and that is what does kingdom "living" really look like? Not just kingdom thinking. Following Christ's example in a world that lives "without" Him. Ah, a double meaning. Ok, well, I'm making up the first meaning, so we'll say it's 1 1/2 meanings.

Anyway, the journey is already under way as I continue to run hard after God both "within" and "without."

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Where it all began...

I think I'll give this a try. I'm very inspired by my beloved Valparaiso friends, so I am venturing out on my own as well.
I have recently resigned from teaching in LA Unified School District and am "in transition." Just seeking God for what is next...