So, I am back in Minnesota for a # of days talking with some people about the ministry in LA. When I left — it was probably about 70 degrees, warm, pleasant — overall wonderful (if you can get beyond the smog, traffic, congestion, crime, graffiti, etc.)
So the family and I stopped decided to stop by this fruit stand on Sunset Blvd (with palm trees in the background) for lunch before I left. You can get this big plastic bag of fresh cut fruit for about $4, with a plastic fork stuck in the middle of it — no less. There are these ‘fruit stands’ all over LA / Hollywood. I am not 100% sure about how often they get inspected from the city Health Dept, but we take our chances 🙂
Then I land in MN this last weekend & it gets dumped on with about 12″ of snow. As a friend of mine Doug said, it was like ‘hell falling from the sky’ — could not say that better myself.
Anyway — now MN is a winter wonderland of snow…
Michelle (and I – even though I am not in the picture, because I hate getting my picture taken – but I am the one with the camera — so that works well) at one of our favorite coffee shops — on Hollywood Blvd & Western.
I love this quote by Dallas Willard — “First we must accept the circumstances we constantly find ourselves in as the place of God’s kingdom and blessing. God has yet to bless anyone except where they actually are, and if we faithlessly discard situation after situation, moment after moment, as not being “right” we will simply have no place to receive his kingdom into our life. For those situations and moments are our life.” (The Divine Conspiracy, p. 348-9)
“And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. God, not your marital status (or your job, or your ministry, or your ________), defines your life. ” – 1 Cor. 7:17a (MSG)
I walk down this stretch of Hollywood blvd fairly often to meet people…
& I find myself walking by this shrine. At times, there are people in front of it praying (I think that is what they are doing?).
Maybe next time – I will have the courage to stop & ask them about it. For even though I pride myself in knowing much about other religions, I realize — how little I really do know about how people of other faiths – work out their faith through their religion.
you go into a Starbucks & you realize that it is a dual-function store. A Starbucks & a laundry mat all is one.
Michelle and I went out to get coffee & we wanted to explore a new part of L.A. about 10 minutes from our neighborhood.
So we stumbled upon a Starbucks where you couldn’t really figure out if people were in line for the coffee, or in line for the next open washer & dryer…
only in LA.
Psalm 25:4-5 Show me the path where I should walk, O LORD; point out the right road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.
Eugene Peterson says this…
“Trial and error is a poor strategy for learning how to live. The way of faith is illuminated with precedents and examples that can save us both the embarrassment of being foolish & the pain of making mistakes.”
Prayer: O God, even as Abraham “set out, not knowing where he was going” and arrived at the land of promise by your guidance, so I would make my way believing in your promises and guided by your commandments, looking to Jesus, the ‘pioneer & perfecter’ of my faith (Hebrews 11:8, 12:2). Amen.
Is theology something you do to escape this world or to live righteously in it?
-Dr. Richard Smith, Taylor University, Professor of OT Studies