stuck in transit...
the apostle Paul is one of my heros. i'm only just realizing this now, but i find myself putting my life up next to his and comparing it. i just haven't killed enough christians yet. (jk)
the thing is that he is this guy who was unimaginably self righteous which resulted in unimaginable cruelty and violence. it so often is the result. some of the most cruel people in history have done so in the name of causes that they held to with their whole self. it took a direct intervention from Christ himself, and three days of blindness for Paul (then Saul) to change his ways.
but the part of his story that i think i aspire to is the part where he freakin travels all over the known world of the time, telling people about the good news, getting thrown in jail over and over, and continuing to tell the good news anyway.
but that's not all. he is this total no nonsense guy who calls people on their crap all the time. he tells Peter he's wrong in front of everybody because being honest and having a good witness was more important than being discreet or polite. he calls the churches out on their pride, their gossiping, their power plays, all of it. every time the church started to twist out of healthy development he would prune that part of them away.
so i look at my own life and see something drastically different. not in where i am and what i'm doing because duh those things are totally going to be drastically different. if i went to Rome and started preaching the gospel they'd all be like "we know all this, we're catholic, here, have a cannoli" but i don't see that no nonsense, driven, consistent attitude. did paul ever one night say "i don't know man, i think i'm going to stay in tonight and just chill"?
even though he was so awesome at working for the Lord he still would say that he was the greatest of all sinners and that the things he did not want to do he did and the things he wanted to do he didn't. i look at my life and i feel exactly the same way. but paul felt that way preaching the word. i just feel this way doing nothing.
someday i just hope i figure out that i'm actually doing something because right now i just kind of feel like a leaf on a stream.