“But as I pursued that dream of upward mobility preparing for college, things just didn’t fit together. As I read Scriptures about how the last will be first, I started wondering why I was working so hard to be first.” -Shane Claiborne.
Shane Claiborne is an activist and a pacifist. He’s radical. I haven’t read of all of what Shane has written, nor do I think I would agree with every single thing. But, what I do know: He loves the Lord. He’s a radical and passionate follower of Christ.
In fact, the most impacting thing he said when he spoke at APU was that people came to know Jesus through the disciple’s radical love for one another and for Christ.
And that pushed me forward to love more, to try to love others the way Christ does…the way He calls us to.
And, the quote above speaks highly of some of the things I learned at APU.
I learned, the more I let go and the more I let God lead, the more He revealed His plans and gave His peace. If I worried and planned and stressed, only found myself anxious and praying for clear direction. The direction was to slow down and stop worrying.
As Shauna Niequist does a beautiful job of writing..
“…sometimes the happiest ending isn’t the one you keep longing for, but something you absolutely cannot see from where you are.”
And, an excerpt from Bittersweet:
These years will pass much more quickly than you think they will. You will go to lots of weddings, and my advice, of course, is to dance your pants off at every single one. I hope you go to very few funerals. You’ll watch TV and run on the treadmill and go on dates, some of them great and some of them terrible. Time will pass, and all of a sudden, things will begin to feel a little more serious. You won’t be old, of course. But you will want to have some things figured out, and the most important things only get figured out if you dive into them now.
For a while in my early twenties I felt like I woke up a different person every day, and was constantly confused about which one, if any, was the real me. I feel more and more like myself with each passing year, for better and for worse, and you’ll find that, too. Every year, you will trade a little of your perfect skin and your ability to look great without exercising for wisdom and peace and groundedness, and every year the trade will be worth it. I promise.
Now is your time. Become, believe, try. Walk closely with people you love, and with other people who believe that God is very good and life is a grand adventure. Don’t spend time with people who make you feel like less than you are. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path.
I’m still learning. God is still shaping me, as He always will be. I didn’t think I would be running full-time in Mammoth, but that’s where God has put me. And, I feel at peace.
The best thing: God’s radical love.
It’s big and wide and deep and high….
(and snowy very soon in Mammoth. God’s love sometimes pours down in heaps like snow, and other times, through intricate ways like friendship and conversations)