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wild-goose-chaseJohn March recommended Wild Goose Chase so I picked it up from the library.  Basically I do whatever he says, I’m just a puppet. :-)

The Wild Goose is the Holy Spirit and the chase is pursuing “the Spirit’s leading through life.”

At the end of each chapter are a series of questions.  I thought I would blog my answers to these questions until it becomes too personal. :-)  (Update: Please note that I have decided to make all the other Wild Goose Chase posts protected.  You will need to be registered and logged in to see them.)

The first chapter is named “Yawning Angels” because the author, Mark Batterson, wonders if angels have the capacity to get bored and if they did would our guardian angels yawn as they view our safe lives.

What’s your reaction to the Celtic description of God as the “Wild goose” – untamed, unpredictable, flying free?
I like it.  It reminds me that the Holy Spirit is about adventure, leaving your comfort zone.  But sometimes this illustration can be misleading, as my friend Amy reminded me, because in the end it’s really the Holy Spirit pursuing us, trying to get us to follow Christ.  Also a wild goose chase is a “purposeless endeavor without a defined destination” but as the author points out, with the Holy Spirit it “sometimes seems hopeless, but rest assured, God is working his plan.”

How have you been living “inverted Christianity,” trying to get God to serve your purposes instead of you serving His purposes?
Was there another way? ;-)

Right now, where are you on this spectrum?
wild-see-saw
I am pretty far right on the playing it safe spectrum.  I can’t really think of any risks I’m taking for God.

How does this call to spiritual adventure strike you?  What is it inside you that resonates with that call?
Well, I always liked the Stephen Curtis Chapman song “The Great Adventure.”  Seriously adventure is always appealing especially when you don’t consider the costs and risks.  But then you end up playing it safe.

Of the six cages described at the end of the chapter, which do you think might apply to you the most and why?
The six cages are the following.

  1. cage of responsibility
  2. cage of routine
  3. cage of assumptions
  4. cage of guilt
  5. cage of failure
  6. cage of fear

I think the cage that applies to me the most is the cage of assumptions.  I’m too old.  It’s too late.  I have three young children so I can’t do anything beyond the norm. The cage of responsibility also applies to me too.

What is your cage?

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My Top Ten Worship Songs

 | July 24, 2008 12:40 AM

Maria Sue Chapman

 | May 28, 2008 7:19 AM

Maria Sue and Steven Curtis ChapmanMaria Sue Chapman, the youngest of six children of Steven Curtis Chapman, tragically died on May 21, 2008. She was struck by an SUV driven by Steven’s teenage son on their own driveway.

Maria was the third of three children adopted from China by the Chapman family. The Chapman family had just returned from China “for several concerts and to see the progress of the Shaohannah’s Hope Healing Home.”

Over the past few days I have had three main thoughts from this tragedy.

  1. Steven Curtis Chapman is a man of incredible character. From reading his lyrics to hearing his words to seeing his lifestyle he has always impressed me with his love, humility, faithfulness, humor and joy. This video of him washing dishes with his daughter reveals some of that.

  2. An example of his love and humility is found in the song “Cinderella”. According to his website, the song “Cinderella” was “inspired by a night where he wasn’t such a good dad.” If you watch the video on the Cinderella page you will see at the end of the video Steven Curtis Chapman explain why he wrote the song.

    Here is a part of the lyrics to the song.

    Well, she came home today
    With a ring on her hand
    Just glowin’ and tellin’ us all they had planned
    She says “Dad, the wedding’s due six months away
    And I need to practice my dancin’”
    “Oh please, daddy please!”

    So I will dance with Cinderella
    While she is here in my arms
    ‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
    Ohh-oh ohh-oh, I will dance with Cinderella
    I don’t wanna miss even one song,
    (even one song)
    Cuz all too soon the clock will strike midnight
    And she’ll be gone

    And here is SCC performing the song at a concert in Des Moines, Iowa.

  3. Tragedies seem to happen to those who are faithful, the more faithful, the more tragic. Pastor David Wilkerson of Times Square Church often spoke about this. This obviously goes against the prosperity gospel.
  4. I am considering adoption. Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman started a foundation, Shaohannah’s Hope, whose mission is “mobilizing the body of Christ to care for orphans.”

    The Bible says God works in all things for the good of those who love him, Romans 8:28. If the tragedy of Maria Sue Chapman motivates some of us in the body of Christ to care for orphans then something good has been done. Now I just need to find out more about adoption.

    Here is a video of “When Loves Takes You In” which Steven Curtis Chapman wrote for his three adopted children. I believe Maria Sue Chapman is featured in this video.

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