But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses. -1 Timothy 6:11-12
When I think of a life of wonder and faith I can’t help but be reminded of a book I read several years ago. In his book Dangerous Wonder: The Adventure of Childlike Faith, the late Mike Yaconelli suggests four obstacles that block adults from living the childlike faith that Jesus calls us to:
- The obstacle of dullness: we have made faith safe and comfortable, but the faith Jesus taught was radical and transforming.
- The obstacle of the dream stealers: we make a relationship with the living God into ritual and rules, quenching the work of the Spirit.
- The obstacle of predictability: we put God in a box, never allowing him to surprise us, challenge us, or show us something new, thus stifling the creativity of God.
- The obstacle of the banal: we become so immersed in our culture and in the material needs and wants of life, that we fail to live in abject dependence on God for every breath of air and every bite of bread.
If you are challenged by Paul’s words to Timothy and you want to live a life filled with wonder faith and love, I suggest you pickup the book, Dangerous Wonder. If you click on the picture of the book, it will take you to Amazon. I know you’ll love it!