What does this quote mean to us?…wait a second.
Works of pride, by self-called creators, with their premium on originality, reduce the Creation to novelty — the faint surprises of minds incapable of wonder.Pursuing originality, the would-be creator works alone. In loneliness one assumes a responsibility for oneself that one cannot fulfill.Novelty is a new kind of loneliness. (Wendell Berry, What are People For)
We all know that joy comes from gratitude. When you can bring to mind the things you are grateful for, you begin to notice a joy that isn't dependant on circumstance arising in your heart. As we begin 2015 coming out of the most unsettling year of our lives (in a really good way), we are beginning to talk about all the things we are grateful for. We want….need….to experience God's joy.
OK…now back to the quote….
Here is what we are grateful for at the start of 2015: Jesus isn't asking us to be original or to create something that hasn't been done before. That type of novelty is a kind of loneliness that Jesus isn't requiring of us. He's asking us to join his missionary movement in Fresno, to stand with His Church and His people and plant neighbourhood focused churches that impact their neighbourhood and make life-long followers of Jesus. (God has been doing it since here: Matthew 28:18‐20; Acts 2:41‐47; Acts 16:9,12; Titus 1:5ff; Romans 15:19, 23…..and he hasn't stopped since).
We are wearing joy by trying on gratitude. We like how it fits.
p.s. that's Joe running into VERY cold water this morning to celebrate the start of a new year. He was wearing a Canada hockey jersey. We are so grateful for nearly 10 years in Canada. This years' gratitude started COLD.