Don’t pity the fool

By Dave Henning / March 20, 2014

“We try to be too reasonable about what we believe. What I believe is not reasonable at all.  It’s hilariously impossible.  Possible things aren’t worth much.  These crazy impossible things keep us going.”- Madeleine L’Engle

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise.”- 1 Corinthians 1:27

In Chapter 8 (“The Importance of Looking Foolish”) of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, author Mark Batterson states that we learn to be conformists at a very early age.  But when we cave in to conformity we lose something invaluable and irreplaceable.  Pastor Batterson contends that we lose our personality, our originality, and at some point our soul.  In the process we settle for something less than God intended for us.

St. Paul exhorts us in Romans 12:2- “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern the will of God, what is good and acceptable and right.”

Pastor Batterson asserts that if we aren’t willing to look foolish, we’re foolish.  Noah certainly looked foolish building the ark, but he was saved from the flood.  Jesus looked foolish hanging from the cross, but He rose from the dead.

To seize our God-ordained opportunities, we must be willing to look foolish in the eyes of the world.

Today’s question: What responses to your vocation loss have looked foolish in the eyes of the world?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Divergent spirituality- freeing your inner fool”

 

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