This has been soooo helpful to me
since last April, when I first posted it, that I’m reposting it. 🙂
The so-what theology of the Christian life
has been amazingly helpful to me lately. Huh? Here’s how it works. When I notice one of my idols distracting me from fixing my eyes and thoughts on Jesus, I say to myself, “So WHAT, Dave’sFlesh?”
So what if your car is cooler than their car? Or theirs cooler than yours? So what if you’re a better dresser than they are? So what if that slow-moving truck just pulled onto the two-lane-with-no-passing-zone-for-the-next-six-miles road in front of you? So what if the light just turned red, and it’s always a long wait at this intersection? Or just turned green as you approached the intersection? So what if there’s a construction backup and a long line of standing cars and trucks? So what if you’re making great time because of light traffic? So what if that guy just cut you off? So what if you’re gonnabe late? So what if you made a wrong turn and you have to backtrack? So what if SE Pennsylvania has way-too-many vehicles on the road? So what if there are too-many gray, cloudy days in Pennsylvania? So what if you have a big health issue? Or are healthier than most? So what if your investments are doing poorly? Or wonderfully? So what if you paid too much for that? Or got a bargain? So what if your team lost? Or won?
You get the idea. No matter what might rob my flesh of joy and peace, or feed my flesh, it helps me so much to CHALLENGE my flesh — challenge its CONFIDENCE-that-it-knows-best, CONFIDENCE-that-it-knows-what-will-make-me-happy. So WHAT, Dave’sFlesh? Domatter, Dave’sFlesh.
The things that MATTER to my flesh, domatter in the Big Scheme of things. My flesh dunno nuttin about happiness for Dave. But it sure THINKS it does. Because Jesus has been growing me yet-more self-aware and yet-more self-accepting, I’m getting to know my flesh way-better than ever. Half the solution is seeing the problem.
So what if my very life is threatened? So what if I face scary? Jesus is Lord, reigning from on High! His genius plan for me and those I love will not be thwarted.
Ecclesiastes is the so-what Book of the Bible. Meaningless are the values (idols) of Dave’sFlesh. “So-WHAT?” is a slap in the face of my idol (addiction).
–SoWhatDave, baby steppin in healthier directions, because of the convicting work of the Spirit
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