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August 21, 2006



as a messily spiritual person myself, i will def. be praying for that. As Chumbawumba would say "I get knocked down But I get up again You're never going to Keep me down", again as the beatles would say "Oh I get by with a little help from my friends, Do you need anybody, I just need somebody to love, Could it be anybody, I want somebody to love. I get by with a little help from my friends, Yes I get by with a little help from my friends, With a little help from my friends."

Sure we fall down, but with our community of friends around us we can get by with a little help from them.


once again- i love your wife :)
you're pretty great too!


JR, I had this discussion with a guy from Pierced this morning. Why can't we get in each others faces and get messy understanding that we can agree to disagree, change behavior in grace to others, learn how we come across and accept others as being more or less mature, etc.? When I review Philippians in my mind, I think of this when Paul said "... not that I have already obtained all this or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it, but one thing I do, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take a view of things and if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you, Only let us live up to what we have already attained ..."

I think he equates maturity with the ability to wade into the mess as long as we are growing together .. the mature helping and understanding the less mature and the less mature growing and learning from the mature. I usually stop and think of Jesus picking 12 messy people, in a messy society, and meeting them exactly where they were at. I think it's one of the biggest standards he set for us ...

Regards, DougG

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