Monthly Archives: October 2012

Switchfoot and Fullness of Joy

Got to see Switchfoot in concert last week, which was very cool.  Listened to them for years (favorite album is The Beautiful Letdown) but have never seen them live.  The concert was at a local, smaller venue called The Catalyst.  Yep, I’m a local Santa Cruz hipster now.  Before you know it, my hair will be bleached white and I’ll be dude-ing a lot.  As in, “Dude, I totally bailed on that gnarly wave yesterday!”  It’s just a matter of time.  But back to Switchfoot.

The show was a lot of things- loud, fun, loud, energetic, and did I mention loud?  Definitely getting old- my ears were humming for a day afterwards.  But here’s what I loved most: the obvious joy of Jon Foreman at doing what he loves. I can hear you already, “Duh. Who wouldn’t be happy to be a rock star?”  Even so.  Think about it- he’s been doing it for a long time. Plenty long enough for the shine to wear off; for it to become just a job, grinding it out.

And it got me thinking about doing what we love, what we’re made to do.  At that show, I saw a person that was fully alive- or at least pretty close. With a twinge of envy I asked myself, “How true is this of my life?”  I realize we don’t always have the freedom to do “our thing” all the time.  But we do have choices to make. And life is too short-just way too short and precious- to spend ours only halfway alive.

So sit for a moment with this quote from Frederick Buechner- it’s one of my favorites:

“What can we do that makes us the gladdest, what can we do that leaves us with the strongest sense of sailing true north and of peace, which is much of what gladness is? Is it making things with our hands out of wood or stone or paint or canvas? Or is it making something we hope like truth out of words? Or is it making people laugh or weep in a way that cleanses their spirit? I believe that if it is a thing that makes us truly glad, then it is a good thing and it is our thing and it is the calling voice that we were made to answer with our lives.”

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Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Uncategorized


Not lost but maybe directionally challenged

This prayer from Thomas Merton captures my frequently occurring state of mind as well as my heart’s desire, so I thought I’d share it:

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

– Thomas Merton

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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Uncategorized