I've yakked before about the circle of quotations at Mercer University by its namesake, Jesse Mercer. Lately, I have been reminded of this one:
Can anyone relate?
When that fails, I blame the family. I happened to have both of my daughters this past week.
Wouldn't you think I would be giddy beyond reason? I mean, really... Two big projects in House Land and two full beds in Mom Land. It doesn't get much better than that.
I am giddy.
Even while I'm enjoying the good stuff, my mind keeps dragging me back to the bad stuff. I'm not talking about stuff going on around here. I'm talking about the stuff going on out there. I'm talking about the stuff going on in this fallen world that breaks my heart and steals my words.
I'm sure you can imagine how much I hate for anything to steal my words.
To be honest, I almost wish I just didn't know stuff. I almost wish that I could be one of those ostrich people who stick their heads in the sand and give a full feathered moon to the rest of the world. After all, ignorance is bliss, right?
How's that bliss working out for us?
No matter how blissfully ignorant we choose to be, human beings are still being trafficked.
Children are still being abused.
Families are still starving.
People are still dying without Jesus.
Our lack of interest doesn't change their reality.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet...
Professed Christians will whip out the checkbook this morning to advance the Kingdom of God.
With important expenditures like this.
'Cause nothing advances the Kingdom of God like a tripped-out electric sign belching Bible verses out of context.
So this morning, I'm just going to stand up and cry.
I'm crying for the world.
And I'm crying for the nation.
But more than anything,
I'm crying for the First United Ostrich Church.