Control

Recently, I borrowed a book from a friend titled, “Why the Mystics Matter Now”. I love the brief but meaningful synopsis of seven of the great mystic’s contributions.

The chapter on Meister Eckhart has really stuck with me. I didn’t know much about him before I read this so that is probably part of my interest. However, the following quote intrigues, challenges, and even haunts me. How does it sit with you?

“But how do we cultivate the detachment that leads to receptivity?…A first step could be to recognize the deep hostility within ourselves to accepting the fact that we are not our own source. We need to recognize that we in the West live in a culture that values achievement and doing over simply existing. We need, at the outset, a care self-scrutiny, examining the way in which we seek to master and control the world. And we need to act intentionally to give up that control, precisely at those places where we seek to have it most.”

Will you open up your expectations to what God is doing?

Will you open up your expectations to what God is doing?

Recent Posts

Outside the Village

It’s the parking spot we were sure we’d remember, then spent 15 minutes hunting for only to realize it was one aisle away the whole time. It’s a person we were looking intently for in the crowd only to find them less than ten feet away. When our senses are...

Before, During, and After Employment

“You have received instructions about [Mark]; if he comes to you, welcome him.”  Colossians 4:10    The Teammate Who Left A trained expositor, philosopher, and observer, Paul’s fingerprints can be found all over Christian history. For both good and ill, Paul’s...

Permission Granted

I set out to write this week about healthy exits from ministry.  I wanted to write about churches partnering with their ministers who were leaving to help them land softly at whatever was next.  I wanted to write about positive steps a (former) minister can take to...