Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fall starts tomorrow . . .

which means today is the last day of summer. Seems like I ought to go get a snow cone or something to mark summer's passing.

On another note, the very rich and famous Warren Buffett was (is?) very insecure. I think this is interesting. There's a new book that will be out soon called, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, by Alice Schroeder. It's his authorized biography. USA TODAY had this as the title of their article about it: "Buffett's authorized biography reveals insecurity". It goes on to tell of his extreme self-doubt all through his life. Click HERE for the article.
When I've read about other celebrities, like Paul McCartney, and Elvis, and others, threads of insecurity ring throughout their stories.
It just confirms the fact that we all need a savior.
I know I do . . . and am so glad to have one.

With some folks that would sound pious. . . to say that I have the Savior and you better get him, too,- or else.

Lately I've read more of how we as Christians sound to unbelievers. And that our 'pontificating' that Jesus is the only way, turns them off.
I try to be so careful. Too careful, really. . . that I end up not saying anything.

Lately, I've wanted to talk, though.
But I want to get it just right.
But I'm not perfect.
I know, to say that 'I have the answer', might offend some.
But, golly gee, if I didn't think I had the answer why on earth would I follow it? Why on earth would I surrender my will to something I'm not sure about?

Oh, of course, there may be doubts. I've had my share, for sure. But the older I get and the longer I walk with Christ, the more I KNOW he is real.

The more I hear of every folk - the Warren Buffetts of the world, the Amy Winehouses, the Vladimir Putins, the Linday Lohans, etc., ETC., the more I see that every folk is just a broken so-and-so, who needs rescuing, who needs a Savior.

The Bible is so relevant today.

I could keep preaching . . . but I need to go.


Nate said...

That's a good post. And we need to get together sometime!

Anonymous said...

This is random and not at the same time, but I like the name Vladimir.

And I should be at dinner tomorrow night, fyi.

arg said...

I think that it is only human to have an insecurity button. I'm constantly worried that I've pushed one of my kiddos buttons or trying to cope with my own button being pushed. It's only by giving it up and turning it all over that I think any of us ever "get through"!

And, on a personal note, I believe that it takes just as many "quiet examples" as it does "preachers" to get the message across! And sometimes those "quiet examples" just have to shout. It is, after all, the quiet ones who seem to get the greatest audience!

THank you for this post!

Being Beth said...

Not to let you off the hook if God is leading you to be more outspoken about your faith, but I think the way you live, the decisions you make day to day, the way you treat people you come in contact with, the way you interact with your family and friends speaks louder than any evangelistic words you could come up with. Our snarky behavior as Christians is enough to validate the non-christians lousy and convoluted view of God. Conversely, our loving, accepting, authentic, and humble behavior attracts non-christians to us and ultimately to a relationship with them that will provide ample opportunity for us to genuinely share our faith and experience with God.

I doubt insecurities would have much power if I asked you to tell me about why you believe in God or how you made it through a tough time in your life. That's because we're friends. We have a certain level of trust between us. You'd just answer my questions in the same casual way you'd tell me what kind of nail polish you use. The comfort comes from the relationship.

Now, standing in the parking lot at Market Street and trying to convince all those women to listen to you would magnify every insecurity you ever had because you are not wired or called to do that.

There are people who are given both a certain gifting and calling to do that kind of evangelism, and they are effective. The vast majority of us are not gifted or called to do that.

For me, evangelism is all about relationships. What I've found for my life is that I have to be purposeful in reserving friendship space for non-christians. In other words, be realistic about how much time I can give to Christian friends so I can have some social time left for becoming close friends with non-christians.

Great post -- made everyone think. I liked Amanda's thoughts on "quiet examples" getting the greatest audience. Smart lady.

Anonymous said...

I think you make a good point about artists and people in the public eye still having insecurities. I know I sure relate to that. I am so glad I don't have to be perfect! What a liberating thought!

I think it is a wonderful thing to be mindful of how people who are looking at us may view the words that come out of our mouths. I also think it's important to speak up when you feel conviction about something.

That is something I struggle with in the lives of my friends who are so turned off by Jesus. It's hard to speak up when you don't feel like you have the right words. I do believe that opportunity will present itself if its supposed to happen and if not...maybe your presence and friendship will speak louder than any words ever could. At least, I hope so!

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