Erich Bridges has an excellent new WorldView column:
Life would be so much simpler if we didn’t have to deal with … life.
Getting out of bed. Looking in the mirror (which gets more painful by the day, in my case). Traffic. Tedium. Interacting with rude, indifferent and hostile people. Catching yourself treating others with rudeness, indifference or hostility. The countless hassles associated with navigating from morning to night.
Escape to an island of mental and spiritual tranquility sounds great. Serenity now! Lots of people are searching for instant solitude in a distraction-saturated world, judging from the hordes joining yoga classes or permanently attached to their iPods.
The only problem with that approach for followers of God: He didn’t put us here to retreat from life, but to live it.
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