Sunday, March 4, 2007

THE CONVENTIONAL MIDDLE

When I wrote the following lines, I was thinking that I don’t want to come to the end of my life having protected myself, insulated myself, isolated myself from the real hopeful and painful world. The most dangerous spiritual and cultural place in America is the conventional middle. Hang appearances. Shake loose illusions and creature comforts. The invitation—the challenge—is to move to the edge of faith and discipleship today.

The conventional middle
resists change.
It is a safe place
for now.
It counts on eventualities
and references everything
by how it may
impact me.
It fears more than
it believes.
It surrounds itself with
symbols of assurance.
It mistakes dutifulness
for obedience
and pleasantness
for joy.

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