Day 14! We are 2 weeks into our study and today’s reading starts on page 39 with Brandon’s Take.
I absolutely love his honesty about how he was feeling when Jen started questioning everything. Actually, reading this today made me think about many of you in my life. I’m the crazy one that is reading these books and starting to question A LOT about my comfortable life. And I’m bringing along as many as I can.
Are you ignoring me?? Hahahah
My highlights from today’s reading:
Jen started reading books and asking me stuff like, “What if we’re missing out on this whole thing?” And all along I’m thinking, Are you kidding me? We’re pretty much ‘all in’ here. I oversee the spiritual development of a great church that baptized more than four hundred people last year. We’ve arrived at the place we always wanted to be! My staff, my position, my church – not only do I love what I’m doing, but I love how I’m doing it. And now you’re wondering if we need to change every motivation and method that got us here? (Interrupted pg 41)
But I did know that this was serious for Jen. So I ignored her. And promised I’d read those books and listen to those sermons…someday. (Interrupted pg 41)
God was moving in Jen. He was pumping a new passion and a fresh wind into her faith that I was privately jealous of. I knew that if I was faithful to the deal I made with God years ago, it would lead me to a dangerous prayer of my own, which I finally offered later that spring, “God, if You’re really in this, show me, too.” (Interrupted pg 41)
So many things to say here.
First of all, it helps me to hear the perspective of someone that is coming along on this journey with me. Maybe they do feel like their comfortable life is what they have worked for and that I’m crazy for thinking there could be more. Maybe they DO just want to ignore me.
Did that stop Jen? Nope. Does it need to stop me? Nope.
Is it crazy that I stayed up til 2am creating a daily planner/schedule for my weekdays that includes writing as my “real job?” Yes. Did I think I would ever be at this place 2 years ago? Nope. Is it lonely and scary and exciting all at the same time? YES.
God is pumping a new passion and fresh wind into my faith. I want you to come along with me. I want this to become personal for you. I want you to create your very own dangerous prayer. I created mine many months ago before I ever knew the book Interrupted existed:
God, make me uncomfortable. Make our family extraordinary and not normal.
What’s your dangerous prayer? Have you figured it out? Are you still wondering if all this is even necessary? Get on your knees. Spend time in the Word. Ask God to show you. I know He is faithful. Just ask. And get ready.
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