Sermon (7/5/15): Life Under the Bus
Date: July 5, 2015
Speaker: Dr. Steve Elliott
Text: 2 Samuel 15
Some people live under the bus and never seem to recover from it … they can never seem to move on from a betrayals great or small. The key I have found is to never let someone’s betrayal of you destroy your capacity for trusting others. Because that leads only to a smaller and smaller life
We must pray for our land, yes. But we must also find ways to speak up and advocate and partner with others to see justice for all become a reality for all.
David had a weakness, it’s a common one because it is ours too: we all love our kids to a fault. David has lost all objectivity as a parent. He was kept from seeing who Ab really was by his blind, unexamined, uncritical love for him.
We are called to trust God with our future, with some circumstance in our life, but instead of trusting, we wade in with both feet and both hands and we meddle and manipulate and try to manufacture what we should be trusting God for, be it our kid’s lives, our own lives… we profess to be a David but behave like Absalom.
Ab never learned what his father David learned in his life: never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a well-known God. Have we learned that lesson yet?
I am told that there is an African saying which goes like this: be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.
“The hard truth is that all people love poorly.” -Henri Nouwen
Forgiveness is what real love looks like when it is practiced among people who love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly.
“To be a Christian is to forgive the inexcusable in others because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” -C.S. Lewis
“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled…” -Heb. 12:15
Do you know that you can mutter and complain your way into an emptiness of soul that darkens all of your thoughts and affects all of your important relationships? What we focus on expands to fill the content of our thought life, displacing all the life giving thoughts and experiences that are meant to fill it.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute only of the strong.” -Ghandi
“What you focus on grows within you to dominate your thought life. ” -Charles Shepson
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” -Phil. 4:8
“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can no longer believe you.” -Frederick Nietzsche