With the book’s release in 2014, I am going to offer a series of excerpts on this blog. I hope these selections wet your whistle; may you be like my son, Sam, who knows the word, “more”!
Before his first birthday, Sam was walking by himself.
As his father, I was thrilled about this relatively early
development of a major milestone: “That’s my boy! Look
at him go!” But my enthusiasm was quickly curtailed by
the realization that his newfound mobility now put him in
harm’s way. Anyone who has ever “child-proofed” a house
knows exactly what I am talking about. Never before had
a simple electrical outlet appeared so sinister, a staircase
an outright death trap. I realize that we are very fortunate,
not only because Sam walked early in life, but because he
is healthy and strong. I wouldn’t have it any other way; yet
these blessings entail a great sense of responsibility too.
Matthew and Luke record a parable that reminds me
of these themes, especially in light of the famous axiom,
“Many are called, but few are chosen” (Mt 22:14). While
we’ll discover some important differences, I think both
Gospels challenge us to understand true strength as mutual
accountability to a larger community, instead of power over
others. Therefore we may have to check our egotistical satisfaction
at our own achievements in order to be a part of
something truly worthy of our best energy–God’s kingdom
Copyright Andrew Taylor-Troutman, 2014; Wipf & Stock Publishers
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