Friday, August 17, 2007

Naming the Blog

The naming of this Blog was harder than the decision to Blog. After much doodling, and combining of thoughts it was completed and there it sits atop the page for all to see, and wonder about.

Charlene - Living Life Out Loud

I mean after all if my thoughts are out in cyber land for everyone to read then that’s pretty much out loud. Or could it be something deeper. See what you think.

Here’s where it all connected---Indianapolis, Jeanne Mayo – She preaches powerfully and very convincingly on the “Pay it forward Theology”, she hands out this card – a remembrance of sorts and then she reads this out loud in fact we all read this out loud with her.

“With your help, Lord, I will not die an unlived life. I will not live cautiously in fear of failing or of being pressed too hard. Instead, I choose to shake my very heart until it becomes an impassioned promise…a soaring wing…and a blazing torch.

I refuse to live a life of undisrupted calm, placid boredom, and lukewarm mediocrity. Rather, I by God’s grace am committed to be an edge-dweller. I am wholeheartedly determined to live out loud. Then one day, when I stand before the eternal throne of God, I will skid into Heaven and shout victoriously, ‘What a ride, Jesus! What a ride!’”

Most of you will remember this is very similar to a signature I used to end my e-mails with some time ago. “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- "WOW--What a Ride!" Amazing how the pieces just seem to fall together!

I hope one day you read that out loud and mean it like I did. You see there are plenty of things in this world to entertain with. Plenty of vacation spots to go to, projects to complete and hobbies to spend your time on (I shared mine a few days ago). There is only one thing that truly satisfies and that’s having a relationship with the one and only Living God. Jesus Christ. The rest is just the icing on the cake. Following Him is far from boring, far from being safe all the time, far from being quiet or dull. It means living life out loud so others can see Him and find Him. Maybe now, years after the tune of “This Little Light of Mine” has faded from my lips I have finally realized what “Hide Him under a Bushel – NO!” really means.

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