There are answers

I have in mind a long post, probably for tomorrow, responding to a series of posts on Richard Beck’s blog this week. But I wanted something brief for today and started poking around this blog for inspiration. I came across something I wrote six years ago, a sort of a preliminary to the long post.

Most Christians know they are called to behave a certain way, and many are doing their best to answer the call, but they don’t seem to be enjoying it one bit. They are not content, but they don’t know why, and constant exhortation from the pulpit to just be content isn’t making it any easier. They don’t yet have the answers. But I think the answers are out there. I think that Christian thinking actually works, and it’s completely fair for someone to point out to the teachers that they can’t be telling the whole story if a Christian who honestly and diligently applies these teachings doesn’t experience joy and contentment as a result.

There are answers. But until we figure out how to (a) live them in our own lives, and (b) teach others how to live them in theirs, we don’t really have them.

Seems like I’ve been thinking about this problem for a long time. I don’t know if I’m any closer to a solution, but it’s helpful to me to keep looking for organizing principles, core assumptions under which the pieces easily fall into place. One more candidate coming up!

5 thoughts on “There are answers

  1. “Amy’s Humble Musings” is another much-missed blog I miss the most. Looking forward to what you will say.

  2. “Amy’s Humble Musings” is another much-missed blog …

    Amy really has the gift, doesn’t she? As well as things to say more important than anything I go on about here. Her blog has been silent for awhile, but I’m hoping it’s a Prudence Mackintosh thing and she’ll be back once her children get older.

    Mackintosh is a writer I revered ever since I discovered her Texas Monthly essays in the early 80s. I especially loved when she wrote about her family, essays collected into two books, Thundering Sneakers and Retreads. Then she stopped writing about her family, and pretty much anything else. Years later when wanting to recommend her to a friend—Amy Scott, in fact—I discovered a third collection of essays, where she mentioned that she had stopped writing about her family once the boys reached their early teens because it started to feel like an invasion of privacy. Then about ten years later during a family gathering they collectively decided to enact a “statute of limitations” on those years, told a bunch of stories that hadn’t been told before, and gave her the green light to complete the chronicles.

    (And I see from the link I shared above that she’s written more frequently in the past ten years, so I have some catching up to do!)

  3. I have this vague memory that Mrs Scott’s sister died from a tragic disease (?) and that seemed to take the wind out of her sails — if it’s her family that is occupying her time, maybe we can hope for a return. Thanks for the reading tip!

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