Journey: The Path Before Us

Sleep is the way God locks the door to the past, so we can view each new day as an opportunity to move forward.  The trouble is, we often prefer to stand at the door, peering back through the peep hole, trying to correct our mistakes or cling to our joys.

But God’s way is walking the path called “today,” accepting its mix as the stuff of which our souls are made.  Brian McLaren not only takes this view, he has written ‘We Make the Way By Walking’ to help us experience this truth over the course of a year.

There is great wisdom in his book and his approach, something akin to Eugene Peterson’s use of the phrase “a long obedience in the same direction.”  In an age obsessed with formulas, steps, and five-year plans, McLaren challenges us to exchange a “quick fix” for “the long haul.”

If you have followed Oboedire for any length of time, you know that I believe in a protracted look at formative literature.  What could be better than taking this approach with the Bible–not as a set number of chapters per day (which is good), but as a journeyed consideration of key scriptural themes?

I do not expect you to abandon your established devotional pattern, and I am going to keep mine going as well.  My invitation is to those of you who would like to add this particular exploration to your foundational formation.  Think of it, McLaren says, as a 21st century experience of catechesis.

So, if this appeals to you, we begin the journey.  There is still time for you to get a traditional book or ebook version and come along.  There is still time to invite one or more friends to journey with you.  Together, we will discover what God has in store for us as we make the road by walking.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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3 Responses to Journey: The Path Before Us

  1. 許陳 明正 says:

    Thank you so much!

  2. Thankyou!! I so agree!

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  3. Steve, There is another book with this image as well: “Building the bridge as you walk on it” by Robert Quinn. That concept has been very valuable to me as I have tried to lead in the church in this times of change. For me, it is about co-creating with God who can already ‘see’ the bridge. I hope to be part if this conversation. Blessings, my brother! Kelli

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