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September 25, 2020

“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.” Psalm 25:5

Today is Day 194 at the Dispatch and, as it’s a Friday, it’s a learning day. Erika and the kids have left for Grace. My day will be largely devoted to my DMin course work (today this means reflecting on self-organization as a trait of leadership in the pursuit of becoming more human human beings). Learning at any stage of life, whether formal or informal, is a key to continued growth.

Whatever we learn with our heads only truly matters insofar as it also travels to our hearts. Last night before bed, Torsten was reading from his Bible (please know that this is not necessarily typical of his usual reading choices; it seems he temporarily tired of Dog Man). He came to the parable of the Workers in the Vineyard and called me to his room, proclaiming, “This is the story you read in chapel today!” A conversation about God’s abundant grace, and our call to be graceful and generous, opened up. Man, that’s the good stuff.

Whatever else we learn, God invites us to continue learning about and growing in our faith in Jesus Christ. This, of course, is knowledge that can only truly begin in the heart and then journey to the head. This knowledge is worth waiting for all day long; it is worth a lifelong commitment, as Jesus gave his life for us.

Whatever you learn today, start with what you know. Christ was crucified and is now alive. You are alive in him, and you are a light to this broken world. Meditate upon this, learning more and more about God’s love for you and God’s calling upon your life. As for me, I’d better go get self-organized. The good news is that, in Christ, I’m already as human as I’m going to get. I, like all of us, just need to learn more about how to live that way.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of truth, lead us in your ways today. Open our hearts, that our minds would come to understand this world on the basis of love, mercy, and grace. As we learn, let us be teachers of one another, too. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Torsten, last night, exegeting Matthew 20. He’s the cutest little exegete around.

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