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Fine Wine and the Circus Monkey July 3, 2011

Reality is like fine wine. It will not appeal to children. This truth helped me understand and appreciate life itself, as it is, without the false hope formulas offer. Formulas seem much better than God because the formulas offer control; and God, well, He is like a person, and people, as we all know, are complicated. The trouble with people is they do not always do what you tell them to do.

Formulas presuppose God is more a computer or a circus monkey that an intelligent Being. Christian faith offers a relational dynamic with God. [When reading the Bible] I stopped looking for the formulas and tried to understand what God was trying to say. When I did that, I realized the gospel of Jesus, I mean the essence of God’s message to mankind, wasn’t a bunch of hoops we need to jump through to get saved, and it wasn’t a series of ideas we had to agree with either; rather, it was an invitation, an invitation to know God.

Life is complex, and the idea that you can break it down or fix it in a few steps is rather silly.

— Donald Miller in “Searching For God Knows What.”

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2 Responses to “Fine Wine and the Circus Monkey”

  1. housesitters Says:

    Thank you. I love the comment that God is more than a computer or circus monkey. So true. We tend to put Him in a box. So thank you for a very helpful, though provoking article
    God bless you,

    • lifewalkblog Says:

      If not read any of Miller’s books, I think you’ll find them quite refreshing.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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