A Personal Update
I’m not very good at giving personal updates because I don’t really like to talk about myself, but here are a few things that come to mind:
My family has been part of a group that meets in Florida for just over seven years. We meet informally without any clergy to share Christ with each other, encourage each other, and to be built together. We also emphasize the need for “body life”, which is basically living together as a family. We eat together, watch movies together, hang out, pray for each other and seek the Lord. We have ups and downs. The last couple of years have presented some serious struggles that have been difficult to walk through. But we are growing closer together because of it, and we see Christ forming Himself in us individually and corporately.
One of many beautiful aspects of body life is that it causes us to think and live corporately, which definitely rubs against the typical individualism in the west today. We learn more and more that it is not about us, but it is about the other – whomever that is in your life. And, of course, when we are all concerned for others, you are cared for as well. This may be at least part of what Jesus meant when He says that if we will lose our own life we will find it (Matthew 10:39).
I’ve recently been pursuing a couple lines of thought, both I believe at the Lord’s leading. One is to look at God’s nature and role in human suffering in this world, and how I should respond to it. This was mainly brought about through the ekklesia I am part of struggling through the sickness and death of someone in the body. I’ve been doing some reading and looking at the book of Job.
The second line of thought has to deal with God existing as a fellowship, also known as the Trinity. This perfect fellowship is the source and pattern of our community life, but I tend to think of God as three separate persons, instead of three united persons. This is likely because I tend to think individually first, and corporately second. But the divine fellowship seems to always think and act corporately.
You will probably see some results of these pursuits in upcoming posts here on the blog.
Speaking of Blogs….
I also blog at Experiencing Christ (marklake.org). Except that I haven’t been keeping up with it in the past several weeks. I hope to get back to posting soon, but life has been busy and I find myself needing some recovery time at the times when I would normally have set aside to do some writing. I’ve been blogging for years, though, so there is actually quite a bit of content if you care to check it out. I’ve been thinking of changing the name of the blog, and I have some particular ideas in mind, but if you have any suggestions feel free to let me know.
I’ve struggled for years with chronic fatigue. I also have three children, so I thought I was just worn out all the time. But even when I get a good night’s sleep, I wake up still feeling as tired as when I went to sleep the night before. I’ve been to the doctor at various times over the years and haven’t received any significant help or improvement. I went to see a new doctor recently, and it seems that he has found some issues that need to be addressed, and I’m in the process of doing that.
One thing I have learned, though, is the importance of good rest and good food. Rest is so important, because our body literally rebuilds itself when we shut ourselves down for sleep. And the food we eat is fuel that our body turns into engery, so what we eat determines what kind of energy and how much energy our body will produce. You wouldn’t put gravel or water in your car because it is made to run on gas. We are made to run on certain things and really can only tolerate a limited amount of the synthetic junk that too often passes for food today.
And there is a spiritual principle to all of this as well. The Lord will renew us when we rest in Him. When we turn to Him and place our burdens in His care, He in turn restores us and gives us new energy to follow Him. Not only that, eating matters! We need to eat spiritually and we need to eat good food, and Jesus Christ Himself is our Good Food! How long can you stand to go without eating physical food? Why do we think we can go so long without eating spiritual food? And don’t eat a spiritual diet of junk. Turn to Jesus, spend time with Him, and get the real thing. 100% Organic. You can’t run your spiritual life on fake spiritual food.
What passes as real spiritual food and fake spiritual food? I don’t have a comprehensive answer, but I know our first source is Jesus Christ Himself. (Just ask Bridget, she wrote an ebook about it!) Secondly, sources that point us to enjoy more of Christ are good food as well. If you read a book and it is all me, me, me, give me, bless me, touch me… then I would move on to something that points back to Jesus. He is the source and the center of everything.
My wife and children are doing great. My wife home schools our three kiddos and teaches classes on natural living (herbalism, natural medicine, soap making, etc). It is finally beginning to cool off in Florida for the fall and winter, so we have planned some camping trips for the family. We love getting outdoors and hiking, making fires, and hanging out. Our schedule is simpler this year, so we’re looking forward to getting in more camping.
I’m really thankful to share some of my thoughts, musings, and sightings of Christ here on the 3rd Race Blog, and I’m thankful for you who read them. Hopefully, together, we can…
Follow the Life!
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