Life isn’t like a book. Life isn’t logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. And theology must be lived in the midst of that mess. Charles Colson
There’s no shame in having a messy life.
In fact, if you claim to have perfectly ordered life, I would tend to think you are either 1) lying or 2) delusional.
Perfect simply doesn’t exist on planet earth.
And, as Charles Colson said so eloquently, life might be messy but we have to live smack dab in the middle of that messiness and find our way through making sense of our lives through our theology.
As a reminder, we are all “doing” theology the moment we ask “why?”
Of late, I’ve been asking a lot of silent whys in my heart of hearts.
Whys….in all their shapes and forms…they sometimes drive me crazy so I retreat to the Who and find my rest knowing that I don’t need to clean up the messiness surrounding me. I do, however, have to do my part by going the extra mile to clear my head, calm my emotions, and settle my unceasing motherly desire to fix, fix, fix, whatever is wrong around me.
For me, going the extra mile means stopping short and doing nothing.
Then, and only then, does my head begin to clear, my emotions calm down, and my anxiety work itself out.
Life’s always going to be a mess…but I don’t have to be one too.