Monday, August 13, 2007

bishop becomes child of god upon retirement

i was reading a blog by a lutheran minister, a very brave woman. she had been listening to people at their recent big worldwide conference, and posted some quotes. here's one:

"My inner 14 year old has always sort of leaked out but now I'm just going to let him loose!"A retiring bishop in answer to the question, "So, what are you going to do now?"

so ... since jesus said the kingdom of god is made up of those who have the faith to be like little children, i guess this bishop has been missing out all this time? it is perhaps hard to be true to one's soul when one is a bureaucrat, boss, administrator, protector of the sacred. i'm glad for the bishop. i just wish he could've gotten there before retiring.

wouldn't it have been wonderful for a bishop in a large institution to have been living with his inner 14 year old awake and alive every day, playing with god and other people? riding bikes? playing music? dancing? crying? acting like an idiot? not resisting joy and tears?

wouldn't it be wonderful for any of us? doctors, pastors, moms and dads, bean-counters, managers, drivers, sellers, buyers, advertisers, nurses, teachers? i mean, what's the holdup? is it that we think our life is a big institution, corporation, denomination, which we must manage and hold together?

and all along the Spirit says, Let's put dad's playing cards in our spokes and ride really fast down the big hill!


Anonymous said...

love, love, love the imagery of the cards in the spokes

that sound - click, click

so much of the jesus preaching was about calling those who heard him to be child-like

matthew 18
1 At about the same time, the disciples came to Jesus asking, "Who gets the highest rank in God's kingdom?"

2-5For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, "I'm telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you're not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God's kingdom. What's more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it's the same as receiving me. 6-7"

In our quest for attaining mature, responsible adulthood, we tend to stifle the child in each of us. We spend our lives in pursuit of happiness and peace of mind. We look for happiness in extrinsic things, little realizing that happiness is very much an intrinsic quality.

Rick Diamond said...

RIGHT ON!!! it's funny ... the only way i know of to really connect with god is to get out of my head, all that noise, all that fear, all that self-definition that isn't my true self at all.

and then when i let that go, even for a moment, it's better than happiness. it's joy. it's home. it's peace.

it's riding bikes.

Anonymous said...

i spend so much time driving towards sophistication

running away from wonder

Rick Diamond said...

yep yep yep.

ride that bike! woinder wonder wonder!