Monday, February 7, 2005

Leap of Faith

"Our age is essentially one of understanding and reflection, without passion, momentarily bursting into enthusiasm, and shrewdly relapsing into repose . . . Nowadays not even a suicide kills itself in desperation. Before taking the step, he deliberates so long and so carefully that he literally chokes with thought. It is even questionable whether he ought to be called a suicide, since it is really thought which takes his life. He does not die with deliberation, but from deliberation."

Kierkegaard, Our Present Age



Amazing. How many times have you "died" from deliberation? Me? A thousand times over.



Waiting and thinking don't always mean death. There's a way that even waiting can be passionate. My challenge: To learn that waiting on the Lord (though sometimes gooey and grunge) can be like a leap, arms wide, wind peeling eyelids, suspended in space, wondering (not knowing/planning/deliberating--oy, me!) what's next. Cheers.

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