I am writing this blog because I want to put some perspective on what it means to live a Christian life.
This is a perspective from the front lines. From the place where the day-to-day living of most Christians happens. From a place where Christianity is not necessarily the dominant day to day force like it is on a Sunday morning. From the workplace. From the struggles of helping teenagers to find their way. From the overwhelming joy of marriage. From the beautiful surroundings of gardens and soft rain and sunsets and bike rides and beaches. From cancer cares. From all places in life where Jesus calls us to live. From that place where I so often find myself and others around me, of confusion, frustration, high standing peaks and low lying valleys. In other words, in the midst of our normal lives.
I am not biblically trained. I have a bachelor’s degree in math from the mid 80’s. That’s it. But I like to read, and I read a lot, including my bible and biblical commentaries and fiction. And part of this blog, honestly, is trying to get through the feeling that somehow the biblically trained know a lot more than I do, and that feels like I don’t know enough. I know pastors are supposed to pastor, and knowing the Bible is really important to that, but see my point above (living on the front lines).
I try to be faithful. But as we all know, in this day and age, making that a reality is far from easy. I hear the messages every Sunday, but what happens Monday through Saturday can be a real struggle. Who hasn’t come back to church the following week only to realize the bible gathered some dust, the prayer requests will not prayed, the good ideas from the previous sermon were forgotten? Or who hasn’t had one week, but maybe two, or three… of those weeks?
So this blog is for the rest of us. The people living in the middle of life. The biblically untrained, but biblically interested. The people who pray to be faithful to Jesus.
These are my thoughts, hopes, prayers, and ideas on how I get through the day trying to be a faithful Christian in early 21st century, middle class America. And I believe by what I see, what I read, and the people I know, there are a lot of people like me out there.
So, welcome to Being a Normal Christian.