Unfortunately, I feel like I spend so much of my time throwing out the bad and very little time pouring in the good.
Apparently I am not the only one stuck on this course, longing for a different path. But to take such a path requires a life that looks very different from those lives around me. This path is an ancient path which few have tread. It's not worn and smooth; it is full of stone and rough edges. But the sweat and the dirt of this path takes you to a life worth living.
Where do we find such a path? It is the path of Jesus. Not that Sunday school Jesus or the Jesus that makes the TV evangelist rich or the Jesus who lives only in a manger or who scolds you for not following the rules. Not the Jesus who promises a happy and painless life, nor the one who is a Republican (or some other political pawn). Not the Jesus who hates gays or smokers or kids who get pregnant before marriage. Not the Jesus who inspires the KKK or hatred or bombing abortion clinics. Jesus has nothing to do with any of those. Yet, Christianity or Christians or Church or some other Jesus related term has become attached to all of these things throughout time and that couldn't be further from the Jesus I know and I see in Scripture. And so, it is incredibly important to stop and unlearn the lies incorrectly attached to Jesus.
Jesus lived a life of love, compassion, boldness, strength, courage, and selflessness. But too many people have used the name of Jesus to make money, build empires, terrorize others, etc. Thus, I spend a lot of time unlearning things that are not true so I can actually follow the real Jesus. But, if successful, a life modeled on Jesus' will provide exactly as He promised: life to the full and rest for the soul. That is a life worth living.