Now, my biggest goal in life

is to be clueless.  Clueless-I-know-what’s-best.   Whyzat?   Because only the clueless-he-knows-what’s-best is content, peaceful, happy.  Impossible to be content, peaceful, happy, unless one is clueless-they-know-what’s-best.  Only the proud/confident-we-know-what’s-best are discontent, tense, suppressing our misery, want MORE than what we have, wannabe BETTER at what we do, because our lives are all about US, not Jesus.

I’ve started calling my car my “training wheels”.  When I’m all alone driving, paying attention to my thoughts, feelings, reactions, my flesh is being increasingly exposed to myself.   I’m getting to know better, the real Dave’sFlesh.  Not a pretty picture, but necessary for being grown dependent/clueless.  When I view my car as training wheels, I’m the happiest, because I see Jesus using my car to retrain me in a better way of living: clueless-I-know-what’s-best.  Impossible to be in a hurry, and be clueless-I-know-what’s-best.  Impossible to be impatient/frustrated, and clueless.  Discouraged and clueless.  Fearful and clueless.  Competitive and clueless.

My achievements/idols/addictions are OVERrated.  Training in cluelessness is UNDERrated.  In the Upside-down Kingdom of Jesus, where dependency = happiness.  And contagion to seculars.  Only the dependent/clueless enjoy everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is.

— CluefulDave, A.K.A. ShepherdDave, wise in his own eyes, leaning on his own understanding, confident-he-knows-what’s-best, except, when he’s been freshly convicted of the sin of independence/cluefulness, so he’s momentarily CluelessDave/DumbSheepDave, experiencing the contentment, peace and happiness of being dependent on his SovereignShepherdJesus, wondering if the seculars around him are noticing a difference at times

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This has been soooo helpful to me

since last April, when I first posted it, that I’m reposting it.    🙂

 

The so-what theology of the Christian life

has been amazingly helpful to me lately.  Huh?  Here’s how it works.  When I notice one of my idols distracting me from fixing my eyes and thoughts on Jesus, I say to myself, “So WHAT, Dave’sFlesh?”

So what if your car is cooler than their car?  Or theirs cooler than yours?  So what if you’re a better dresser than they are?  So what if that slow-moving truck just pulled onto the two-lane-with-no-passing-zone-for-the-next-six-miles road in front of you?  So what if the light just turned red, and it’s always a long wait at this intersection?  Or just turned green as you approached the intersection?  So what if there’s a construction backup and a long line of standing cars and trucks?  So what if you’re making great time because of light traffic?  So what if that guy just cut you off?  So what if you’re gonnabe late?  So what if you made a wrong turn and you have to backtrack?  So what if SE Pennsylvania has way-too-many vehicles on the road?  So what if there are too-many gray, cloudy days in Pennsylvania?  So what if you have a big health issue?  Or are healthier than most?  So what if your investments are doing poorly?  Or wonderfully?  So what if you paid too much for that?  Or got a bargain?  So what if your team lost?  Or won?

You get the idea.  No matter what might rob my flesh of joy and peace, or feed my flesh, it helps me so much to CHALLENGE my flesh — challenge its CONFIDENCE-that-it-knows-best, CONFIDENCE-that-it-knows-what-will-make-me-happy.  So WHAT, Dave’sFlesh?  Domatter, Dave’sFlesh.

The things that MATTER to my flesh, domatter in the Big Scheme of things.  My flesh dunno nuttin about happiness for Dave.  But it sure THINKS it does.  Because Jesus has been growing me yet-more self-aware and yet-more self-accepting, I’m getting to know my flesh way-better than ever.  Half the solution is seeing the problem.

So what if my very life is threatened?  So what if I face scary?  Jesus is Lord, reigning from on High!  His genius plan for me and those I love will not be thwarted.

Ecclesiastes is the so-what Book of the Bible.  Meaningless are the values (idols) of Dave’sFlesh.  “So-WHAT?” is a slap in the face of my idol (addiction).

–SoWhatDave, baby steppin in healthier directions, because of the convicting work of the Spirit

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Financial Update on GospelFriendships.

As of our Annual Board Meeting on Nov18, we’re currently $9200 short of covering expenses, and I’m guessing we could end up having a year-end deficit of maybe $2,000-5,000, or more, but I’m always unsure because of year-end giving.  Over the past dozen years I’ve lost some monthly supporters.  I’m a coward when it comes to individually asking believers to consider supporting this work, as I did in the early years of the ministry, so instead, I’ve sometimes taken pay cuts to balance the budget in recent years.  Janet and I are not destitute by any means, and we have never been as happy.  But I will warmly welcome any who would like to join this cause as a monthly/annual supporter, or a one-time supporter.  GospelFriendships, 110 Johns Rd, Cheltenham PA 19012-1307.  For monthly supporters we also provide electronic funds transfer so you don’t have to send a check each month.

Dave McCarty
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Am I thankful for the hard-to-love

people in my life?  Or do I wish they’d go away, or wish DAVE could go away?  Or.  That Jesus would change them?  Hmm.  Maybe DAVE is the one needing change?   Maybe the reason they are in my life is primarily for MY benefit?   Hmm.  Suffering produces perseverance, then character, then hope/faith/dependency.  Hmm.  If not this suffering, what else would it take, for me to be grown more Jesus-dependent?  I can only thank Jesus for exactly how they are, and exactly how He’s placed them in my life, when the Spirit has freshly convicted me of my confidence-I-know-what’s-best, and of my unbelief in His total sovereignty over my life and theirs.  Only when freshly convicted am I able to enjoy them, just as they are, and Dave just as I am — as I struggle to love/enjoy the jerks/inconsiderates/insensitives in my life.  “Love your enemies” (jerks/opponents/bad-guys), Jesus said.   Awww, shucks.  Why did He have to go an lay down THAT law?  If it weren’t for THAT commandment, it’d be a lot easier for me to feel like a great example of a Jesus-follower.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, always in need of fresh conviction of the sin of independence/confidence-he-knows-what’s-best

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Why can the Church not see

that WE are the Israelites?  We Christians worship the idol of independence/confidence-we-know-what’s-best, leaning on our own understanding, wise in our own eyes, not ASKing about everything, not THANKing about everything — especially the harrrd, not curious/expectant to see what Jesus does NEXT, in us, others, circumstances.   In awe of human accomplishment/somebodiness.  We work hard at having the outsides of our cups clean, but live in denial of what’s going on inside, because we treasure our own worthiness more than the imputed worthiness of Jesus.  Living without Gospel-awareness, or if we have that, without self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness.  When we live independently as we do, we experience life under The Curse — circumstance-dependent for our joy and peace.  We claim to be followers of Jesus, but we are followers of ourselves — self-reliant, trusting in lies.  We have Heaven, but we don’t have the benefit of Jesus in daily living.  And the Jesus in us is contagious to no one.

Richard Lovelace in Dynamics of Spiritual Life says that whenever the Church in the USA and UK over the past 300 years has been as saltless and impotent as It is today, there has ALWAYS been a widespread awakening.  So in my less-sane moments, I’m irritated with the Church, including myself, but in my saner moments, I’m THANKful that the Church is exactly as we are.  Gives me HOPE for a better tomorrow.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, chief idolator, chief Pharisee, chief ranter, chief needer of the Spirit’s fresh conviction of the sin of independence/confidence-he-knows-what’s-best, so he’s freshly enjoying everyone and everything just as it is

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No believer who feels pressure, stress,

believes in the total sovereignty of Jesus.  Doesn’t matter what we claim to believe about Him and His sovereign reign over all.  When we feel pressure, stress, we are unbelievers in His sovereignty.  We have Heaven, but are missing the benefit of Jesus.  And those around us suffer too, because of our self-absorption.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, always needing reminders, so there might be an overflow of love, joy, and peace in his life, compelling and contagious to the seculars around him

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When Jesus is ENOUGH,

a believer has no fear of failure, of losing everything, of being pitied by all for being a loser/nobody who strove for excellence, but failed.  When Jesus is ENOUGH, a believer lives and loves with reckless abandon.  Uninhibited.  FREE.  Bold.  Fearless.  Humble.  Optimal performance.

When Jesus is NOT enough, a believer is self-absorbed, internally selfish, failure-avoidant, suffering-avoidant, stressed, intense, hurried, feels under the gun, unlimited obligation, miserable but living in denial of the misery.  And performance suffers.  The stressed, pride-filled believer wants MORE than Jesus and His imputed worthiness.

Contentment is the pearl of great price, worth selling all to get.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, chief failure at practicing what he preaches

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Thank You, Jesus, that I’m not

alone and not in charge.  Not alone, not in charge.  Not alone, not in charge.

I’ve been saying this to myself more and more and more as I go through my day, and it has been amazingly helpful, in giving me sovereignty-awareness as I face the challenges, decisions, hardships, as I go through my day.  Especially when I feel powerless, helpless, BUT IN CHARGE of my life.  I’m NOT my problem, but His problem.  Curious, expectant, to see what SovereignShepherdJesus does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Is this what it means to “feed on Jesus”?  John 6:58.  Ahhh.  Jesus-dependency is LIFE, while independency is death/pressure/anxiety/misery.

–Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, championing the three awarenesses — Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, sovereignty-awareness, so the seculars around us might be wowed by the Jesus in us believers and want Him too

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