Transformist=blending of life

Chateaubriand

Chateaubriand

We will finish the book The Fine Line this week and so I want to use this post to wrap up and leave you with a final thought. Kary used a quote from a guy named Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand. He was a Frenchman who lived back in the days when Frenchmen had a significant influence in the world. If you are a history buff, check him out here. Anyway this is what he said…

008000;">“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and he leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”

That caught me when I first read it because I have always lived with this dichotomy between my work and my “off ” time. Most of my life has been split between the time when I had to go to work verses when I don’t have to go to work. Why does our Western culture drive such a distinction between the two? Why do we feel like we have to survive for the weekend? Why is the goal in this life to get to retirement? What a wonderful world this would be if we could  merge our work time with our play time such that we didn’t know the difference. I know there are many people that work for others and are not able to literally live that out. But there are many of us that could live in that paradigm but choose not to.

We have carried that dichotomy into our Christianity!

Maybe a better place to live out that concept would be in our Christian life? We don’t really have a boss that requires us to live one way on Sunday and if we meet that requirement we get “off” time the rest of the week.  But that is exactly the way I see many Christians living. It’s all about Sunday morning and checking  the box of attending a church. The rest of the week doesnt get in the way. We rarely let Christ get in the way of our Christianity! The Fine Line has challenged me to be a transformist…to be in the world and not of the world…to love without reason or condition…to blend my life. 

My life is less concerned with finding the right church on Sunday as I am with finding Christ in my life everyday.

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About Eddie Broussard

Bond servant to Jesus the Christ, want to be harvest worker (only a few out there).
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  • Bill Burnham

    OUCH!
    I have struggled with who I am “at work” versus who I am at home versus who I want to be truly for years. I cannot do it alone.

  • http://www.ebroussard.com/ ebroussard

    one more reason we should kayak more!

  • Dennis Kevitt

    Ed,
    The church that I “find” really “finds” me. The church, to me, is a means to the end described above…it facilitates my life to be both transformed and transforming to others. It empowers me to lead a more “blended” life in thought and action through the week.

    I don't own a kayak but I would love to kayak with you sometime!

  • http://www.ebroussard.com/ ebroussard

    Dennis…I know you well enough to know that you do not passively sit in church…you step into loving God and loving others and He blesses you in the backwash. Thanks for words.

  • david

    thanks for the opportunity eddie. for me it has become a way of life so to speak as i pursue being obedient to His Word. if i put God before all else, everything following becomes a mission of seeking to do His will whether it be time off, time at work,time with family, time with friends, or time alone with Him. through His Grace, He is my common denominator.

  • http://www.ebroussard.com/ ebroussard

    Thank you…you have been a source of strength and hope…be blessed!

  • david

    thanks for the opportunity eddie. for me it has become a way of life so to speak as i pursue being obedient to His Word. if i put God before all else, everything following becomes a mission of seeking to do His will whether it be time off, time at work,time with family, time with friends, or time alone with Him. through His Grace, He is my common denominator.

  • http://www.ebroussard.com/ ebroussard

    Thank you…you have been a source of strength and hope…be blessed!