Tuesday Re-mix –
“…being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3
I am now more than a year past the half-century mark on this earth. Quite the accomplishment, it seems to me. When I was a teenager, I honestly never wanted to still be alive by this age. It just seemed unbearably old to me then. I have recently changed my mind about that.
I see a lot of things differently now. I have developed a patience…a longer-term perspective on things. I have learned that many of the things I thought as a young adult were just lies. Here are some of the lies I have checked off my list as “learned” over the years:
If you can afford the mortgage payment, you can afford the house.
If you can afford the car payment, you can afford the car.
No matter how old you get, you’re never more than 90 days from getting back in shape.
You can work long and hard, or you can get lucky…lasting success can come either way.
When two good people get married, good marriages always result.
Lies, lies, lies…all of them. In all these ways, I have learned that the same God who created the world in six days expects us to take significantly longer and work significantly harder to accomplish anything of real worth.
It makes perfect sense to me, then, that our job of “preserving the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” in the church is a tedious, difficult, long-term job which we cannot expect to happen overnight. Because we are talking about real, human relationships, this job is messy and complicated and takes lots and lots of intentional effort. In short, our responsibility of preserving the unity of the Spirit …