Sacred Spaces 526 – The thesis of “like an epic”

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This tab has been open for the longest time.
I have wondered how to pen down this installment of sacred spaces.
I have slowed down on writing these scared spaces as you have no doubt observed.
(I wanted to write when I felt I had something to say.)

Sometimes (often) I ask myself why I believe what I believe…
I step outside of myself (in a sense) and look at my belief in God.
Being a Christian.

I’m riddled with so many questions so often.
I’m accompanied with obscure doubt and confusion.

Sometimes faith in God seems almost primitive!
It seems quite bizarre.
The commands of scripture seem so threatening and uninviting.
The ways of the church are far behind.

I don’t know how to put exactly how I feel in words.
I have expressed already how it all seems like a market place. Jesus the product. Church the market place. The pastor, the tactful salesman…

Then we have heard about the many contradictions and the confusion found in the scriptures.
What if this was all made up?

These are the thoughts that I am sure a lot of people have had already…

But in all it’s obscurity the bible is to brilliantly put together to have been made up by an individual or a group of individuals.
Then it comes to countless lives that have been changed for the better from the message of the bible. The God behind those words.

Millions of folk who gather on Sundays and other days… who are convinced that God is who He says He is.

Then I think of all the epic tales that we have come to like.
Frodo on his journey in the Lord of the Rings.
The four kids in Narnia.
Harry Potter and his friends.

These epics inspire us. We want to know what happens. We always believe good will triumph over evil. Light breaks through the darkness.

And just like an epic – requires some faith. So does following God.
We demands to “see then we will believe”…

but the invitation is actually: believe then you will see.

I once heard this analogy. Believe in God is liking tuning into a Song that only some want to listen to.
We can continue to live in a mere three dimensional (3D) world or we can open our minds and hearts to many more dimensions. We can tune into a Song… that is actually so sweet, we don’t want it to end…

So these are my thoughts today… on Independence Day…

Sacred Spaces 312– Where’s your inspiration?

Sacred Spaces 312– Where’s your inspiration?
1 November 2011

I am sitting in the Eagle and Child Pub now. (Follow this link). This pub is situated in Oxford (about 25 mins away from where I live.) I sit here writing this week’s Sacred Space. (I have been meaning to write a SS here for a long time.) While I write I am drinking Ale. (Yes, Ale; to all my friends who think I just drink cider… I have that “real man” side to me too! 🙂 )

Many years ago CS Lewis and J R R Tolkien used to sit in here and share writing ideas.

Last year May (2010) when I was praying and thinking about whether or not I should take the job at Bicester Methodist Church; knowing that this pub would be close to me swayed that decision positively.

I begin asking you: where’s your inspiration? Who is your inspiration?

There is a song by Anberlin – Burn out Brighter (Northern Lights):

“Live, I wanna live inspired…. die, I wanna die for something, higher than myself”

Listen to the song here:

We can look around and see how many people just don’t live inspired! It’s a shame.

We are called to not just merely exist! YET to LIVE with INSPIRATION!

John 10: 10 has been the theme verse of my life for many years now: “Jesus says; I have come that they may have life and life to the full.” I want in on that.

CS Lewis has been a big inspiration to me. The God I found in the pages of his Chronciles of Narnia stirred some deep truths and a deep hunger within me. For the 2 years that I read that book, Jesus met me in an incredible uncanny way. His Spirit revealed new things to me the as I continue (even to this day), in my following and growing into His image.

I have not arrived yet. But by His Spirit, Jesus is constantly my inspiration for this incredible journey and life…I find myself in.

For the last few months I have struggled when people suggest that they can’t offer ideas or anything or when they throw out the lie “I am not creative!” How can people speak such untruths about themselves?

Don’t listen to that lie!

You have all the inspiration and all the creation you need. Because you are made in His image.
Is not God a creator God? If you are made is His image, then you are creative too!
Think about God’s character? He is: good, powerful, incredible, forgiving, creative, loving, patient and present. (These are just a few)

If we are made in His image, then at “our most beautiful” we have those qualities too!

Yes, life and its temptations and our sin corrupt that image. YET God offers a solution. Through the death of His son, Jesus we are restored.

Inspiration is contagious. Get infected!

Pause, thank God for your earthly inspirations. From preachers to authors to even apparently ordinary people such as your family and friends, God has used all sorts to pass on His inspiration.

And mostly by His spirit let Jesus be your inspiration; because He did say in 1 John 4: 4:

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Live well. Live inspired!