When I feel alone,

pressured, with a problem to solve, like it’s up to me, or when I feel confident-but-intense in attacking the problem before me, I need the Spirit to freshly convict me of my sin of independence/self-confidence, so I’m returned to Jesus-dependency, curious and expectant to see what my ShepherdJesus does next, in me, others, circumstances.  And thanking Him for me, others, just as we are, and Himself, and His perfect plan for my life that cannot possibly be improved.  Ahhh.

–DumbSheepDave, who loves his life as a dumb sheep more than he can express, hoping the pre-believers around him are noticing the difference Jesus is making in his life in 2013

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  1. Chris McDonough
    Chris McDonough says:

    I’m sure we believe the same things, but being Catholic means I’ve had the idea of sin foisted on me to excess. A newborn infant lives in mortal sin until baptized, and that’s just the start of it. So I never had a sense of doing right, as I think you are saying you did. What I did was make friends with Jesus who, until then, had been a tyrant to avoid. And that’s why it bothers me when you say things like “I need the Spirit to freshly convict me of my sin …” I think you and I end up in the same place re the Holy Spirit, but in my case I need the Spirit to tell me God does not view me with disgust and loathing. What kind of God would that be anyway? But it’s what I was brought up with.

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  2. WeakDave
    WeakDave says:

    Chris, I understand. I think you will find The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning, a helpful read. Catholic priest, got married, left the Church, all his life he struggled as an alcoholic, sometimes winning for long stretches, sometimes losing, until his death a few months ago, but is the best articulator I know on the unconditional love of God. After you’ve read it, let’s talk by email. 🙂

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