A go-fer receives enlightenment

about the Boss’ plan, on a need-to-know timetable.  The human-wisdom of a go-fer HATES trusting the Boss, wants to know what’s ahead, and HATES being a go-fer.  The happiest go-fers follow the Boss, are content with not knowing, because they realize they aren’t paid to think, but just follow directions from the Boss on a need-to-know basis.  The happiest go-fers are the humble ones, thankful to have a job, be lovingly-cared-for by the Boss.  The happiest go-fers are content for all glory/credit to go to the Boss, no need for any of their own.

The unhappiest go-fers wannabe boss of their own lives, captain of their souls, master of their fate.  Willful, entitled, agendafied, self-absorbed.  And unfruitful with seculars.

So what can we go-fers do when we realize we HATE not knowing, HATE being lowly go-fers?  CONFESS our pride, our unbelief in the genius plan of the Boss.  Ahhh.  Nicest, kindest thing the Boss ever does for us go-fers is to freshly open our eyes to see the problem.   

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

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All angry Christians

are self-righteous/prideful.  All Christians trying to fix/change other humans, unless asked, are self-righteous/prideful, leaning on their own understanding, wise in their own eyes.  Human-wisdom-reliant.  Includes government-forced morality on others.  The conscience is reached by love and humility, but forced-morality is resented and resisted.  The biggest problem with democracy is that the majority attempts to force its morality on the rest.  Bitter divisiveness, like we have today, with both sides fighting for a majority.  Democracy only works with humble humans. 

All humble Christians are enabled by Jesus to enjoy/love everyone just as we are, today, and everything just as it is, today, no matter how wrong, stupid, unjust, unfair.  All humble Christians see Jesus behind everyone and everything, all according to His genius plan.  All humble Christians are THANKful for everyone just as we are, today, and everything just as it is today, no matter how wrong, stupid, unjust, unfair, all according to Jesus’ genius plan.  All humble Christians are transparent/honest when hurt by others, not stuffing, but not demanding others change.  All humble Christians are unusually-self-aware and unusually-self-accepting, therefore quick to see and confess their sin/idolatry, are not defensive at all when criticized or ridiculed.  All humble Christians experience happiness — joy and peace that has nothing to do with their circumstances.  All humble Christians are seed sown on fertile soil that reproduce a hundredfold.  All self-righteous/prideful Christians are seed sown on thorny soil, choked by the cares of this world, and do not reproduce.

I’m not saying, do nothing.  I’m saying Jesus isn’t Lord — our human-wisdom IS.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, not a humble Christian

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I care about the WRONG things

when I’m human-wisdom-reliant, and it’s like being in prison, being in bondage, being addicted — a terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad way to go through my day.  Wrong things like my performance, reputation, worthiness — even things like my emotional health and spiritual health.  When I DON’T care about those lesser things, it’s ALWAYS because the Spirit has freshly opened my eyes to see the stupidity of my human-wisdom-reliance, which has NEVER delivered happiness to me.

Happiness is caring about ONE thing — that my name is written in Heaven, which means I have the imputed worthiness of Jesus, needing NONE of my own, which means HE is Lord of my life, not my human-wisdom, so I’m eager to fix my eyes and thoughts on Him to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Ahhh.  My human-wisdom gets zero credit for any Jesus-dependent happiness I experience.  Work of His Spirit.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, not good at practicing what he preaches, so he keeps preaching to himself

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Litmus-paper test for humility.

A humble Christian SMILES at self and others, rather than judging self and others — finding fault with self and others.  A humble Christian enjoys everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is, seeing Jesus behind everyone and everything, all according to His genius plan.  Curious and expectant to see what Jesus does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  NEVER feels alone, in charge.  A humble Christian just has fun, while a proud Christian is circumstance-dependent for joy and peace — has not the benefit of Jesus in THIS life.

So, whadda I do when I realize afresh that I’m not a humble Christian?  CONFESS.  Ahhh.  That fresh realization is the result of fresh conviction by the Spirit of Jesus.  I get ZERO credit for any humility.  Well, except for other humans who imagine the outside of my cup tells them something about my humility.  Like all Christian leaders, I’m skilled at projecting a humble persona.  But.  Outside-the-cup humility is worthless, except to other humans who don’t know my inner world.  They are fooled.  And so am I, unless Jesus grows me unusually-self-aware.  

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, not a humble Christian, except when freshly convicted of his pride — human-wisdom-reliance, and it doesn’t last long

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The problem with being wise,

n the eyes of others, is that we become wise in our own eyes, and lean on our own understanding.  This is NOT biblical-wisdom, but human-wisdom.  Biblical-wisdom is realizing that we have NO wisdom worth leaning on, but that Jesus DOES.  We do NOT know what’s best, but Jesus DOES.  Biblical-wisdom is sanity/faith/dependency/humility and results in the other-worldly peace that is vastly superior to the circumstance-dependent peace experienced by human-wisdom-reliants.  Atheist peace.  Leaving Jesus followers without the benefit of Jesus in THIS life.  And worse — leaving us unfruitful with seculars — seed cast on thorny soil that gets choked, does not reproduce a hundredfold, or even thirtyfold, or even ONE-fold.   

Christians who have a lot of human-wisdom rarely have biblical wisdom.  Only Christians who are clueless-they-know-what’s-best have biblical-wisdom — have faith that is contagious to seculars — especially the turned off and antagonistic.  Christians with a lot of human-wisdom RESIST the humiliation of admitting to self and others that we dunno what to do.  And with a lot of human-wisdom we think we know what’s thankable and what’s not — what’s good news and bad news in daily life.  Christians with biblical-wisdom THANK Jesus for everything just as it is, and everyone just as we are, because they don’t know Jesus’ genius plan, but trust that He’s totally sovereign and knows exactly what He’s doing, so they are curious/expectant to see what He does NEXT, in them, others, circumstances.

So how do Christians GET biblical-wisdom — another way of saying fresh faith/dependency/humility?  Only by the Spirit of Jesus freshly convicting us of human-wisdom-reliance — opening our eyes to SEE our pathetic condition, so we can CONFESS it and receive momentary relief.  The starting place for fresh faith is fresh conviction of human-wisdom-reliance.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, grateful that grace is for failures whose eyes are opened by the Spirit to see their failures 

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I’m not alone!

And not in charge!  WOOOHOOOO! 

Resurrected Jesus is living His life through me, and He’s in charge.  So I can relax, and be curious/expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Jesus is behind everyone and everything.  This is the reality according to Scripture.  The broadcast news, online news, print news, have a different reality, a human-centric, human-wisdom reality.  The talking heads and experts are foolishly missing the Big Picture.  If Jesus ain’t the center of my reality, I need a better, more-realistic reality.  Scripture.  Ahhh.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, preachin to himself, struggling to believe in the midst of all the news, needing reminders

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No more decisions, or agenda.

Wow, my body is so-much-more relaxed when I’m looking to Jesus for direction/agenda/decisions on every tiny detail of my life and ministry.  I’ve been praying for decades to be able to live and work out of communion with Jesus, and it’s been happening more than ever in my life lately.  Wow.  Especially when I’m driving my car, all alone.  I’m so laid back that I drive the SPEED LIMIT for the first time in my LIFE — and enjoy it, and don’t mind traffic signals and following little old ladies in Buicks poking along.  You’d only be amazed if you’d have known me, ridden with me, over the past sixty years of driving.

As He has been growing me much-more self-aware in recent years, I’ve come to realize just how much of the time I have felt ALONE and in CHARGE of my life without even realizing it.  Unrecognized, unfelt pressure 24/7.  Trying to do too much.  Feeling behind.  Needing to hurry.  I can’t explain the reason for the difference lately, but it’s saweeet. 

Course, I fail all the time, but CONFESSing my human-wisdom-reliance gets me right back in the saddle of cluelessness-I-know-best/Jesus-wisdom-reliance/Jesus-dependency, curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT in me, others, circumstances.  Not my life, but His.  I’m not my problem, but His.  Life is so-much easier when I’m watching Jesus, instead of trying to manage the details of my life, while judging everyone else, their choices and creations.

Now admittedly, when I feel good, it’s way-easier to be an observer without judgment or agenda, surprisingly patient and content with whatever.  And when I feel lousy, it’s way-easier to be a prover/performer/judge/competitor, easily irritated, wise in my own eyes, leaning on my own understanding, secretly rejoicing in the failure of others, and finding little joy even when circumstances momentarily go my way. 

The enemy of happiness is human-wisdom.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, feeling like he’s being handed something seculars might actually want

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What is Jesus-wisdom?

Doing NOTHing on our own, trusting NOT our human-wisdom or the human-wisdom of others, because we’re disillusioned with human-wisdom.  And, our eyes and thoughts are fixed on SovereignShepherdJesus, asking Him about everything, thanking Him about everything just as it is, and everyone just as we are, clueless-we-know-what’s-best, trusting that He DOES.  

Jesus-wisdom-reliance is the pearl of great price, worth selling all to get.  Only Jesus-wisdom-reliance delivers Jesus-power — Jesus-dependency/sanity/other-worldly-peace/other-worldly-love, so we are fruitful with seculars.  Jesus-wisdom-reliance is a fruit of the Spirit’s work, convicting us of the sin of INdependence/human-wisdom-reliance.  We get zero credit for any experience of Jesus-wisdom-reliance. 

Solution to the problem?  CONFESS when you spot human-wisdom-reliance in you.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, a natural at human-wisdom-reliance, but encouraged at times, because of the Spirit’s work

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