Landmarks of a Transforming Life

Landmarks of a Transforming Life

The Self-Help section is one of the largest at Barnes and Noble, and without a doubt high on the profitability scale.  The idea of an accessible and simple formula for lifetime success has now even seeped into the biography section.  There was a time when one read biographies to view from the long end of history how a life had been formed by experience, choice and belief.  Not today.  Today, the majority of “biographies” more accurately stand as mid-life memoirs (some earlier than that) and they don’t intent to map out the story of life so far, but instead to manipulate the events of an unfinished life into the few short platitudes which can create tips for a ravenous public. 

Our new ways of defining human thriving have so denigrated our ability to stand in our own skin and to relate to each other with love and respect that anyone with an objective view would jettison these views in an instant.  But without a meaningful alternative, an attainable counter-narrative to the way to life, the deep and addictive rut of the status-quo will continue to hold us in its sway. Thankfully this counter-narrative is not far off.  There are signs for optimism.

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Sorry I Broke Stuff.

In our MadeNew Bible study on Sunday mornings we've been working our way through the Gospel of Mark.  The Jesus of Mark's Gospel is sort of a rage lunatic life wrecker type and I think that's why I keep going back.  No one gets what they want from this Jesus, but everyone gets what they need.  People love to focus on Jesus' infuriation of the religiously powerful, but this isn't the half of it.  It isn't just the Pharisees that are caught in his deer hunter target sights.  It's everybody. 

Nobody gets away from Jesus and gets to stay the same. 

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