Someone to be weird with…

Someone to be weird with…

The other day, my wife and I were sitting atop a dune in White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. We were enjoying the setting sun, nice wine and good conversation. We tend to get a little weird when we’re alone together, as I’m sure is common with any other couple, and I remarked “You know, life is all about finding someone you can be weird with.” I immediately filed that one away for my future kids. Aside from that, I began to think about how weird my wife and I are when we’re alone together. We have stupid jokes, strange pet names whose origins have long since been forgotten, and the worst discography of original songs since Ugly Kid Joe. I absolutely love it. These things only occur between my wife and I; they are ours alone and we don’t share them with anyone. I can be as weird, as childish, and as stupid as I want and she not only accepts it but, more often than not, joins in and one ups me. She is the most tangible, visible example of unconditional love that I have ever experienced from another human. If it isn’t obvious where I’m going with this, don’t fear, it will be soon enough. In the first chapter of Jeremiah, God tells the prophet [Jeremiah] “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…” Psalm 139 says “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel...
Dependence

Dependence

Lately, I’ve been thinking about dependence. Our world, society, culture, whatever you want to call it, tells us that dependence=weakness. Women, you can’t depend on a man. Men, you have to figure things out by yourself, asking for help shows that you are dependent on others, and as we’ve said before, dependence=weakness. The Bible teaches us the complete opposite of this. Paul, whose letters comprise much of the New Testament, actually teaches us to delight in weakness. In 2 Corinthians, he says: “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions,in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Paul knew that true strength came from weakness and dependence on God. Even Jesus, during his earthly ministry, said this: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” He also said “…by myself, I can do nothing.” It would seem that even Jesus was dependent on God’s guidance and strength during his life. If he, the son of God, the physical manifestation of The Word, was dependent on God, then we should feel no trepidation in depending on Him as well. Dependence on God does not equal weakness, but strength. I am utterly dependent on God to be a good husband, a good friend, a good leader, and a good example of his love. By myself, I can do...