IT’S hard to let go of our preconceptions. It’s unsettling. But we have to experiment with letting go because life is all about paradox.
Sometimes we look at ourselves and think we are worthless. Yet somehow we are precious in God’s eyes.
We know we are from this planet, but we don’t really belong here.
Poet and storyteller Steven James describes us as “skin covered spirits with hungry souls”.
We are both Hitler and Gandhi, Genghis Khan and Martin Luther King, nurse and terrorist, lover and liar.
Humility is another paradox. The moment you think you’ve finally found it, you’ve lost it.
Anyway, humility seems risky.
It’s not always clear in this world who’s on our side and who isn’t.
We don’t know the plan.
It’s humbling and exhilarating to live in the middle of a riddle.
God can seem illogical, unreasonable and yet somehow unmistakenly true.
The sooner we understand “the uncommon sense” of belief in God, the better.
Defending our faith doesn’t always mean providing people with answers.
Jesus didn’t bring answers. He brought mystery wrapped in love.
When we accept ourselves just as we are, then we can change for the better.
Christianity isn’t about becoming better than anyone else, or about looking good to others, or getting your act together. No one’s act is together. That’s one of the core teachings.
It’s about entering the story of God and realising that even when we fail and fall, God still cares about us. Still loves us.