Trek to the Manger (DQ11)

“I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way.” 2 Corinthians 6:11-12 (The Message)

This passage cuts deep, man. On so very many levels.

First, it makes crystal clear that I can enter this wide-open, spacious life. It’s right there, and I’m at the threshold. No one is going to push me out the door, but no one is going to pull me in, either. It’s all on me, and the door is wide open, and Jesus says, “Come.” I’d have to be some kind of Space Cadet not to respond!

Then, there’s that whole “we didn’t fence you in” piece. But, I like to blame others for my situation. It’s easier to point the finger elsewhere than to take responsibility for the choices I have made. With these five words, I’m kind of a wreck, because if I’m feeling fenced in or left out or without options or stuck-in-the-mud, no one did that to me. We didn’t fence you in.

The smallness you feel – that’s universal. That’s the human condition. That’s what happens on the inside when we keep God on the outside. Nobody “does” that to you, either – that smallness comes from inside you. But it lies! That voice in your head, saying “you’re not enough,” “you can’t do anything right,” or any other self-talk that puts you down – that voice is lying to you. Call it out! Are you going to just sit there and take it? YOUR LIVES AREN’T SMALL! There it is – the truth.

But you’re living in small ways. Comfortable ways. Safe ways (no, not the grocery store).

Stop it! Just stop selling your God short, and step into the space He’s created for you to come alive in. I’m right there with you – lots of us are. And we are Space Cadet enough to see this through.

How much space would you say exists in your daily routine for God to come alive in you? Are there adjustments needed, to make room for Him to move?

Trek to the Manger Ch 11





5 thoughts on “Trek to the Manger (DQ11)

  1. I have to say, as I am experiencing a turning poing, I am becoming more aware of how much I need to let go and let God.
    I keep my mind occupied 24/7. I avoid giving myself quiet time. Quiet time scares me, because I am an over-thinker. But, without quiet time, there also isn’t any quality 1 on 1 time with God.
    So…I am praying more intentionally and asking God to take my fears away and quiet my mind, so I can focus on being God’s hands and feet.
    (Prayers this morning please…as I type, we are headed to the hospital for Mikes total hip replacement)
    Blessings on your day ♡

  2. One of the things I love about working for Lutheran Social Services is that I have a wide open space to share my faith and to live my faith. It’s very comforting and knowing I have that freedom and that I don’t have the constraints that other jobs have. I also know there are limits because not everybody believes the same thing in the families I work with. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t live a Christian Life and they see that through me.

    When I leave work, that’s where the fences come up so it seems, and there is less space to be who I am and share who I am. When I drive home from work there are a lot of winter visitors, and they don’t follow the road as those of us who drive it everyday do. I often find myself quite frustrated with the pulling in front of you and not going the speed limit. I try to remind myself at that time that as long as I get home safe that’s what matters.

    I think we need to help each other live in are open spaces more. Last week when we were grouping at a restaurant, we don’t hesitate to hold hands and pray. A gentleman came up to us and told us how nice it was to see that we were doing that and that more people should do that in public. This has happened to us many times over the years as we get together and it is always nice to see that somebody not only sees it and acknowledges it, but takes the time to point it out to us and thank us for it.

    • Living a wide-open life requires that we let go of the small things (habits, mindsets, behaviors) so that we can truly grasp the enormity of life in Christ! I’m right there with you regarding traffic, Michelle, and I’ve been thinking a lot about what Kari said a few chapters back, about using the drive to worship and pray. With some Crowder or All Sons & Daughters streaming from the speakers, I find I’m a lot less quick to become frustrated on the road.

      Rob Bell made a Nooma short film about this, and he tells the story of his son, running the beach and collecting shells. He had filled his hands to where he couldn’t pick another thing up when a starfish floated into reach. His son, a tiny tot, cried because he couldn’t pick up the starfish – but he wasn’t willing to let go of the shells to take the “prize.”

      I’m dropping shells today, sister! How about you?

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