This Week in Church: The Now & Not Yet and Big Things

Welcome to the series wherein I share my take-aways from church. The things that, I think, are beneficial to all of us to know or think about, whether or not we believe in any church-related things.

I think that church can teach things that are beneficial to everyone, whether or not we believe in church-related things.

This week in church we talked about the now and not yet.

This is in reference to the Kingdom of God, the idea being that after Jesus died on the cross, we were able to live in the Kingdom, but also that we aren't quite there because we also live in this sad and fallen world. Basically, the Kingdom is here - sort of. We get glimpses of it, but not the full experience.

This notion of something being both now and not yet is very potent to me. It seems like a lot of what we tend to want out of life falls into that murky territory. We catch a moment of something - inspiration, love, joy, accomplishment, wealth, connection, power - but it doesn't stick around, or it's not quite complete. Then what? (Notice that it's not all good things.)

Maybe the striving is the thing. Maybe living in the tension of the now and the not yet is a beautiful thing. Maybe we should give up on everything. (Probably not that last one.)

This week in church we talked about big things.

Here's a question: "What is something you could do that is so big you would need God to help?"

(If God isn't your thing, then maybe ask yourself about something you could do that would need a community's help, or the universe, if that smells right.)

I just want to sit with that question for a while. It feels like it could be life-changing.

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