This. Fujimura’s brilliance and compassionate insight. So beautiful. So challenging. I’m a Martha pragmatist, but I need this. I need this reminder and this challenge - constantly.
"It is my humble opinion that authenticity counts more than pragmatic performance and survival. Authentic self runs toward beauty. By losing ourselves, we can finally find ourselves.
…No accomplishments, no gains in this world will outlast what was wasted on Mary that day. Martha, the analytical and pragmatic sister, saw the value of the intuitive. The rational and the intuitive are not at odds with each under Jesus. They are sisters―one supporting the other. As we grow in Christ, we find that the rational/ analytical needs the intuitive to perceive the ontological core of our journey. The one who seeks mystery at the feet of Jesus, and pours the extravagant, wasteful nard to anoint Jesus―those intuitive acts open up to the rationality of salvation.
Education should befriend, not just save us from ignorance. Education should grow our hearts, not just prepare us for pragmatism.
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Christ came to tend that flower, and he resurrected it, just like he resurrected Lazarus.
But just like the girl, he took those cruel bullets of hatred and discord into his body. He suffered and died full of holes, too.
Jesus wept, for those holes that will tear him apart, tears were for his cross to bear, and his tears and his blood co-mingled for us.
Education should make us more aware, more sensitized to the cracks in the hardened ground of Bethany that the tears of Christ seeped into. Beauty does matter, as it is in those cracks that the “small resurrections” can be seen. Beauty points to a place where sacrifice has been made. Beauty requires sacrifice. Every sunset signifies a sun that is dying. In every meal, we eat what has been sacrificed, for us. In that sense, beauty is the manifestation of sacrifice, collectively and individually, that is in every one of us, inside every student.
So perhaps instead of asking students for success, we may want to ask for beauty. Not the superficial kind of beauty that the world desires, but the kind that this girl in Iraq exhibited. That kind of willingness, an innocence revealed in the most traumatic of times. To seek the depth of beauty, the beauty of being…that is what we should become, to rise to. That is our charge as leaders, as Martha’s and Mary’s of the world. Yes, to instruct, to ask analytical questions of the Martha’s of the world. But those questions do not become Present unless we stand, and waste time, with the Mary’s of the world, unless we weep with those who intuit the darker path toward suffering, and rejoice with those who intuit the feast to come.
Education based in Christ’s befriending of us should invoke. Our education should invoke Martha’s rational activism and inquiry to invite the contemplative creative Mary…”
Read the whole article: HERE.
march already? here we go!
the only thing that makes stunning art and beautifully crafted (and necessary) reminders more beautiful is when they come into your home through the hands of friends. So excited to frame and hang this beautiful print in my home. Check out Written Word Calligraphy + Design, friends. Karla’s work is incredible.
My latest blog post with TWU Impact:
"…I do believe that God does ask us to be faithful with the gifts and abilities He’s given us. He asks us to give up all of ourselves for the sake of His redemptive Kingdom unfolding in our cities and nations. He invites us to pursue excellence, as a reflection of our Father who is the author of all good things.
But, he never asks us to be perfect in our own strength. He never prescribes autonomous perfection as the remedy to the longings in our heart or as the magic key to a meaningful life. In fact, the gospel emerges in all of its counter-cultural danger and beauty when it guarantees the exact opposite…”
Read the whole post: HERE.
thankful for a community that engages with the challenging and uncomfortable parts of the Kingdom & especially for a God who nudges us with kindness and mercy while he realigns our hearts that are all too quickly prone to wander.
this series is messing with me, in the best possible way.
because it’s the olympics. and that means another canucks wallpaper.
(men’s) Olympic hockey starts on Thursday. so pumped.
Vancouver, BC. January 2014. Taken on iPhone 5.
Vancouver, BC. February 2014. Taken on iPhone 5.
White Rock, BC. January 2014. Taken on iPhone 5.