Macklemore and other thoughts on God

I’m starting to think that maybe God is a lot more gracious than we think he is. Certainly more gracious than we are with ourselves or each other. If we’re made in his image and we can’t go a second without judging each other, looking down our noses and loving with love that’s based on a list of conditions, maybe we think he’s the same way. Maybe the point of life isn’t to do it perfectly, but to learn as much as we can, sometimes the hard way. Maybe we’re here to get through, seeing the beauty in the people that surround us. Maybe the point isn’t being RIGHT but instead operating with LOVE. And maybe God is looking at us, seeing us struggle, doing things maybe a little bit wrong, but he just has so much love for us that it doesn’t matter. We’re OK with him just as we are. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were just OK with each other just as we are? I could use some of that right now.

I think that theology isn’t something that’s supposed to be static, but something fluid that changes with life experiences and the ways we encounter God. Right now my theology is being heavily influenced by Macklemore and Glennon Melton. Really. (And if you’ve yet to read Glennon’s book, Carry On Warrior, please go get it right now. It’s the best book I’ve read all year, hands down.)

I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t want to live a life that points at everyone else and says, “you’re doing it wrong” because I’m pretty sure I’m doing it wrong too. I don’t have the time or energy to legislate other peoples morality, I’m too busy figuring out my own. Instead I like the idea of Namaste: the acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. I want to live a life that says, “I see you. Life is hard for me too. You’re doing a good job getting through.”

Hey, you! I see you. Life is hard for me too. You’re doing a good job getting through.

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