Steve Brown, scary Steve Brown, a conservative Republican kinda scary, is also a wonderful Christian example. It took me some time to even believe that might be the case. But I heard him interviewing Anne Lamott through his podcast Steve Brown, Etc and he was actually fun and nice and insightful. He names who he is but he doesn't judge you for who you are. And he uses humor, as does Lamott, to bridge the gaps. I like that. If you have humor you are ahead of the game. Those people that take themselves too seriously are neon signs for "Road Closed. Find Alternative Route".
So I picked up A Scandalous Freedom. And I loved it. I am still loving it. Because even though I finished it my plan is to pick it immediately up and read it again. This is too importantly a book to read once and hope you "get it". When I finished the last page I was a bit depressed to think it was done. But then I realized it doesn't have to be. I can LIVE it. I can read this book again, yes, which brings great comfort BUT I can LIVE it daily which is the most powerful thing I can get from this book.
Freedom through Grace... what a wonderful gift. How am I going try to l make it come alive in my life? Well off the top of my head, here is how I'm thinking:
- When I can not be the perfect parent, when I think maybe I have damaged my children irreparably forever, I will remember that I am human and imperfect. And that God understands my struggles and will be for me if I turn to God for help.
- I will speak truth without fear of offending people. I will not hide who I am and what I believe just to keep the peace or maintain some false image of what a Christian should be.
- I will remember that as sure as I think I am right there is an even greater chance that I am wrong and that I do not have it all figured out. I will rely on God to take care of it all and I will be humble in the face of my humanness.