What did you find as you considered your own response to the world you're planted in?
While these four postures are common, there has to be a better way, right?
Holly shared with us the following words by Andy Crouch which describe a better way. A way congruent with God's gift of shalom in Jesus and instruction that his followers be agents of shalom.
"The postures of artists and gardeners have a lot in common. Both begin with contemplation, paying close attention to what is already there. The gardener looks carefully at the landscape; the existing plants, both flowers and weeds; the way the sun falls on the land. The artist regards her subject, her canvas, her paints with care to discern what she can make with them.
And then, after contemplation, the artist and gardener both adopt a posture of purposeful work. They bring their creativity and effort to their calling. Why aren’t we known as cultivators - people who tend and nourish what is best in human culture, who do the hard painstaking work to preserve the best of what people before us have done? Why aren’t we known as creators - people who dare to think and do something that has never been thought or done before, something that makes the world more welcoming and thrilling and beautiful?"
The images of artist and gardener, and the questions posed...
Those get at how we might actually live into the peace, the shalom, that is ours, and partner with God as agents of that same restorative and creative peace.
So which of the practices of the artist and gardener do you feel like it's time to pay attention to and give yourself to?
Is there one or two that are missing, that if they were present would mobilize you as a recipient of and agent of shalom?
And what about the questions posed? After considering them as they are, turn them a bit and ask yourself, what might it look like for me to live as a cultivator and creator in the neighborhood and networks I'm already a part of? What idea for making the world more "welcoming and thrilling and beautiful" have I been keeping within that it's time to develop and deploy?
Welcome to the endless possibility, the magic of Monday and the rest of the week at home, school, work and in the world.
Welcome to the way of Jesus who shows and tells the way of shalom: "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid... Work for the peace and prosperity of the place that I have sent you."