Worship isn’t vapidly stroking God’s ego as though God has low self-esteem and created us to remind him how great he is. But real worship, true worship is to be the creature of God’s creating living into the terrifying beauty of what’s possible without what’s possible being fettered by what’s come before.
Nadia Bolz-Weber is an amazing preacher. If we didn’t live in the mid-south, we would definitely go to her church. Even though we’ve never been Lutheran. But check out her sermon from last Sunday.
We need to be open to God changing our story. Sometimes we get so bogged down in where we are and who we are with, and we forget what God is really about.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed with our past, to be overwhelmed with other people’s expectations. And it’s extremely difficult to break free from this cycle. Sometimes we need something to jerk us out of our reverie. Sometimes this is the decision to make a complete change in your life. And sometimes this decision is taken out of our hands. It can be painful. And when you’re in the middle of the process, it can really, really suck.
But that’s what I love about Advent. It’s about hope. It’s about thinking about what’s to come. About Who is to come. And how things are going to change when He gets here.
Of course, then I begin to realize the responsibility that I have in helping to bring about this change. And I don’t think I can do that without changing my story. Thanks, Nadia for helping me to remember that I can.