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Susan @ 1:34 PM
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Commitment and Odyssey --Thoughts from Ps Robert Fergursson's teaching
Life without Odyssey is legalistic. You do everything because you're told to do so. There's no adventure, no freedom, no extreme, no passion, no colour and character.
Life with too much odyssey without return and recommitment, there can be lots of fun, but there's no sense of ownership and fulfilment, and in the end there can be devastation.
Real ownership and responsibility comes from the inner sense of knowing, after the complete chaotic result at the end of the odyssey.
Maybe that's a journey from head to heart?
When we're young, we learn all the knowledge in the head, but the heart can be rebellious. It takes quite a journey for the rebellion to get out of the heart and let the heart submit to the mind.
You see this pattern everywhere:
God created human being to have a relationship with Him. But the man rebelled, and after suffering the result of the seperation, they have a choice to come back through Jesus Christ.
Moses was raised as a prince of Egypt, but in order to own the callings in his life, he had to go into the desert, and then come back out again.
The prodigal son was in his father's house, but somehow he felt that something's missing in his life, and he went out on a journey. He made a mess, and at the end he came back to his real ownership senses. His brother never went on a journey and had always been faithful in his father's house. But somehow his life lacked a certain colour.
If a young adult enters into a marriage without any odyssey, he can be commited, but the responsibility can be overwhelming to him, and in his heart he can be tempted to get out of the commitment at any time. But if he has been in an odyssey, at the end of the different experiences, the mess and hurt, he'll have a real longing for true commitment. And when he finally decided to settle down, he's ready for all the challenges and responsibilities that marriage requires.
The same is with church involvement. You can be told to do this and that, but to come to a real sense of ownership and fruitfulness, it has to be at the end of an odyssey, that you know deep down in your heart this is really what you want.
Life without a journey, you'll not be in the fullness of God's purpose. Life with journey but no return, you'll be in a mess. So if you're in the journey, or if your children are out in the journey, don't panic, just as a Chinese saying goes, "There's no gold that can compare when a prodigal son returns."
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