It looks like we will have a bit more space at this Arrow Residential which I really appreciate. In the midst of catching up with the people who are here, I’m also hoping to get more work done on my book which needs to be completed in a month.
Last night George Savvides came and spoke about leadership which I really appreciated. George is one of the people I admire because he is able to talk from personal experience about leading in the midst of very complex situations.
George spent a little bit of time talking about the gravitational field of self absorption or the vortex of vanity, two ways he has learned to talk about sin in the corporate world without using the religious language. He spoke about how the battle with self interest is a daily one and referenced the Lord of the Rings and the temptation to reach for power rather than the mission God has called you to.
In the midst of that discussion he referenced, Simone Weil who wrote a book called Gravity and Grace. I looked her up and came across this quote:
“All the natural movements of the soul are controlled by laws analogous to those of physical gravity. Grace is the only exception. Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it, and it is grace itself which makes this void. The imagination is continually at work filling up all the fissures through which grace might pass.”
My favourite song by U2 is Grace, and my favourite line is:
Grace finds beauty in ugly things
So often I find myself wanting to pretend there is nothing ugly in my life, to look like I’ve got it together. The paradox is though, as Simone Weil points out, that the more I want to make it look like I’m ok, the less room I make for Grace, and in the end, Grace is the only useful thing I can have.
I’m getting close to the end of my series of reflections on Ephesians 6 and the spiritual armor. I’m interested that the last piece of metaphorical clothing that Paul references is the Helmet of Salvation. He doesn’t elaborate at all, he just puts it out there. Your head is saved not by your own strength but solely by Grace through Jesus Christ. I find it interesting that of all the armor, this is the piece Paul devotes the least space to. It’s almost like its a given.
Philip Yancey said:
I have observed that people involved in ministry, perhaps more than most people, live with an unstated “contract faith”. After all, they’re giving time and energy to work for God; don’t they deserve special treatment in return?
I wonder if there is a danger that the people who are busy doing things for God might be the ones most at risk of creating the spaces for Grace to fill?