Advertisement

A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

Shallowland

Perhaps the most miserable place on earth is Shallowland.  This is a place into which most of us slip in and out.  Sometimes several times a day.  Others live there permanently, docking their storm-worn boats just outside the majestic Courts of the Almighty where amazing blessing flow.

For the folks living in Shallowland, they are content to merely see or guess about the wonders which remain freely available inside the gates of God’s courts.  Shallowland is as dismal as the name implies.  Vacant and hallow, morbid, desolate.  Yet, the fear of giving up the familiar holds the resident boat people of Shallowland captive.

Advertisement

Almost no one who lives in Shallowland actively engages in horrific acts of sin.  They satisfy themselves by merely existing in their world of prideful contentment.

Please understand the residents of Shallowland are Christians.  They are simply not deeply committed to their Savior.  Sunday morning church is the best they can muster.  And that may be interrupted by weeks,months or years of “not feeling well” or greater commitments.

When the subject comes up, Sarah tells everyone that she is a member of First Church of Shallowland.  However, she has not attended in more than ten years.  Sarah would be surprised that everyone she once knew there has also disappeared.  She doesn’t expect Pastor Whatshisname to know her; but she would be shocked that First Church took her off the roll five years ago because of inactivity.

Advertisement

While most of the members of The Special Gathering which is a ministry within the mentally challenged community could not be called “Saints of God.”  They desire and aim for that status.  Like green apples, they cling hard to the Source of Life because they want to grow in Christ.  Few of them desire to live in Shallowland.

I’ve learned from them that regarding growth in Christ IQ is not as important as WantTo.  While Paul emphasizes that faith cannot be bought with the price our good works, the book of James reminds us that living for Christ is hard work.  Prayer, study and commitment do not come without determined effort.

But the rewards of living in the Courts of the Almighty are worth every bit of strength we muster.  The Special Gathering members are a stark reminder of the merits of pursuing Christ.  As I look at the joy on Jack’s face and catch a glimpse of Shelley’s heart, I become more and more convinced that the Courts of the Almighty is where I want to be.

  • http://specialgathering.wordpress.com Linda G. Howard

    Thank you.

Previous Posts

Justice and Mercy
As we know, it was God's undeniable sense of justice that demanded that He allow Jesus to be sacrificed on the cross.  However, it was God's mercy that allowed this perfect human to be killed for the sin of all mankind.  While we can do ...

posted 11:43:14am Jun. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Explaining Grace
In the past weeks, I’ve been going over some of the key words in our covenant relationship with God with the members of my community who are intellectually disabled.  Perhaps one of the most important words we use is grace. Most of us have ...

posted 5:55:58am Jan. 06, 2015 | read full post »

Holidays and grief
Today, I heard again the Christmas song about the little boy whose mother is dying on Christmas eve and he wants to buy her shoes to wear as she goes into heaven. He doesn’t have enough money to buy the shoes and a person in line gives him the ...

posted 8:29:32am Jan. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Can You Come?
Maddie is one of those people within the mentally challenged community whom everyone loves.  She is friendly and happy.  Maddie makes everyone feel as though they are her "extra-special friend."  Several years ago Mattie and her husband ...

posted 12:20:34am Dec. 29, 2014 | read full post »

The Choice that Changed Everything--a sermon for the mentally challenged community
The choice that changed everything Nehemiah 9:17 Central Theme: Man choices to sin and God chooses to be gracious. A ream of paper has 500 sheets--not more and not less. A foot is 12 inches--not more and not less. There are many absolutes in ...

posted 10:48:30pm Aug. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.