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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Carpe Dium: The Kingdom is Near/Here

There are certain seasons in life when things seem to chug along at a steady pace- and one is content enough to keep growing in faith and maturity. There are other seasons where it feels like it is discipline alone that helps one day roll into the next. Then there are those seasons when one feels as if the hair on the back of one's neck is constantly standing on end- because life is so full of meaning and purpose. I feel I am in one of the latter seasons at present.

There are several factors that are contributing to this sense. First of all, I'm excited that my personal life is flourishing as it currently is. My wife and I continue to grow in our sense of oneness and mutual understanding. And that makes such a difference in all other areas of life. Peace in the home lays a foundation on which everything else can be built. And it goes without saying that peace with God is what brings about the peace in the home in the first place!

Recently both my wife and I have felt appreciative of the fact that our life affords us the opportunity to enjoy God, enjoy each other, enjoy our 3 year old daughter, and on top of all that- gives us the opportunity to pursue our sense of greater purpose. For my wife, art and specifically graphic design, is something she feels she was created to do. Thankfully, she’s getting a real opportunity to do that recently with the growth of our web design/development site (http://www.design-essentials.net).

And for me, the re-launch of Precipice Magazine has not only given me a creative outlet for what I feel God has been leading me towards (through writing- inspiring and influencing others), but it has also connected me with a worldwide community of Christians who are pursuing some of the very same things- in terms of helping to make the Church relevant to a postmodern society.

And what completes the picture is the fact that my wife, daughter, and I are now connecting in with a wonderful group of Christians here in Vancouver, Washington- who are of like mind, kindred heart, and united purpose. It is one thing to dream and even to write about a Church that is both truly communal as well truly "protestant" (i.e. pro- testifying for Jesus to a world full of people whom God loves), it is another thing entirely to actually be a part of such a church, both "in the flesh" and "in the Spirit". That's what we feel we are a part of now. And that's very exciting.

In my mind, there is absolutely nothing in the world that compares to the excitement that comes with Kingdom vision. And it’s that kind of sight I feel like I'm seeing with now. This kind of vision breathes vitality into one's bones. In such a season, yesterday and tomorrow matter much less so than today- when the Kingdom of God is both near and here- as Jesus said it was. So, in the midst of this electrifying season, I thought I'd take the time to drop a note, just so that when another season rolls along (as it will I'm sure) I'll be able to look back and reminisce. One thing I have learned is that when you're in a season such as this, it’s important to run with it, because just like Jesus- these can come and go like a thief in the night.

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