Monthly Archives: January 2012

Why I love “X” and Hate “Y”

OK, so, everyone is weighing in on “the” youtube video about Jesus, religion, and and relationships, so, I figured I would too.

Since there are only two or three of you reading this, I figure I can’t make too many people mad 🙂

First, let me say, I get it.  I understand where this young man is coming from.  I too am frustrated with the state of affairs in The Church today.  But there are huge holes in his arguments (which he himself has acknowledged)

My fear is that we want to take all the benefits of a relationship with Jesus without any of the responsibility it brings with it.  This is not the way it works.  Not with Jesus, or anyone else, for that matter.

Lets play a little substitution game, shall we?

Tell your girlfriend “I hate weddings/marriages, but I love you”

Tell your boss “I hate work, but I love my paycheck”

Maybe I’m way off track, but, this is the track I see us going down.

Following Christ means more than just saying I love Him, I hate the Church.

In virtually every case, when Jesus interacted with someone, he left them with an instruction.  An action point.  Something to “go and do”.  He has high expectations for us.  Yes, we fail.  Yes, we fall short.  But we have to keep doing. I have many relationships in my life that failed because of my own lack of effort and action to make it work.  A relationship with Christ is only real when it is accompanied by action.  Going and doing.  Period.

You cannot say “I love you” and not show it.  You must make it real, or it’s just words.

Religion, relationship, The Church…as my favorite folk/americana singer says, “Call it what you will…words are just words”.

FTF tip for this topic comes straight from the man that all this talk is about:

Matthew 6:33

New International Version (NIV)

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

For those of you who want to know the answer to the religion/relationship question, read Matthew 5-6 and see where you stand.  Jesus answers the question.  It’s not on youtube (I don’t think) but it is worth checking out 🙂

If you fail to plan…

…you plan to fail.

I know. Totally cliche.  Heard it all before.  Nothing new here, right?  Maybe.  Maybe not.

Well, our family has never been much on planning.  In fact, for years, we embraced the fact that we were “spontaneous”.  We didn’t cater to schedules, or calendars, or whatever.  We “let the Spirit lead” and had all kinds of crazy excuses for why we didn’t have a plan.

Do I regret it?  Well, I try not to live with regrets, but, I can tell you we’d be in a different place right now (literally and figuratively) had we been better planners.

So, tonight, we started the “Purcell Family War board”.  When it’s done I’ll post a picture of it.  Now, you sales people/business folks know what I’m talking about.  This is not just a calendar.  It’s not just a place to doodle.  This is where dreams happen, plans are made, decisions get made and momentum starts.  And maybe, most importantly, it provides another layer of accountability. Yep, it’s just a plan and the plan has to be executed.  But at least it is a plan.

FTF tip for today…make a plan, and DO SOMETHING!  Don’t be like we have been for so long, reacting to situations and make the most of it.  No more.  We’re planners, baby 🙂

PS, The kids presented their goals for 2012 to me tonight.  I’ll be writing more about this in the coming days.  But I can tell you, it’s gonna be a good year 🙂