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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