A Look Back

The last couple of weeks have been wonderful here on Sacred Margins and we’d like to thank each of you for reading. We’re very grateful to have a loyal readership and hope you continue to interact and contribute to this space.

If you’ve fallen behind or have missed reading over the last few weeks, here’s a look back at some of the discussion:

Trevor encouraged us to look like an idiot:

We avoid questions and even potential failures so we won’t be found out. But our fear of being found out keeps us from growing.

We need to ask questions. They are how we learn. We need to ask tough questions and piddley, stupid questions. If we don’t ask questions, how will we ever grow? Not asking questions assures that we will stay right where we are. Ironically, being willing to look like an idiot is actually what keeps us from becoming one.

Chris encouraged us to rewrite a common narrative:

If we could just realize the power of our influence as parents, we would make a tremendous impact on the lives of our children.

One of the core principals at Sacred Margins is relationships with God and people . If we were to take that seriously, we could invest in relationships with the most vulnerable: the children and teenagers in our scope of influence.

I offered the idea that perhaps independence is overrated:

It’s a very American ideal, independence. The idea that we are special and don’t need others is a value that is woven into the fabric of our society.

The rebel. The cowboy. The lone wolf.

It’s as though if you can rid yourself of the need for others, you’ve accomplished a great goal. We desire to pull our own weight. We don’t want to be a burden. To need others, then, is ultimately seen as weakness.

But although very American, independence isn’t an ideal that is held in high regard in scripture.

Chris suggested that serving others is the way to deal with doubt:

At the first sign of doubt or unbelief we go into crisis mode and try to “fix” our friends. Instead, what if we let Jesus do the talking instead of engaging in rationalization?
Because, I can’t believe that anyone would have convinced Thomas Jesus was alive by apologetics. He had to experience Jesus, see what he looked like, and actually go so far as to stick his hand in his side to be convinced.

And Trevor pointed out the link between new life and death:

But the change can be hard. One of my favorite Rob Bell sayings is that all change is difficult – even good change. Change is a kind of death. It must be grieved. But that grief leads to new life.

Thanks again for reading! Take a look back if you’ve missed a day over the last couple of weeks. And as always, we encourage you to join the conversation.

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