As I have walked thru the past 82+ years… the thing that keeps coming to me is how totally unique every human being is… we can so easily tell the “twins” apart… 🙂 … and … no one I have ever met looks exactly like me, acts exactly like any one else, has the same gifts, talents, abilities and on and on and on. I can’t even draw a sketch to look like somebody else’s sketch, much less like the photo of someone I sketched… it was so neat to discover that even a great sketch artist like Lundy… couldn’t do that either.
It was also so good… to finally get past my “black&white” world and discover there are many ways to do everything – (besides the right way, the wrong way, the army way and Philip’s way!!!!) Of course…. I still do have a few opinions…. but… this basic understanding of uniqueness and our human differences is where I live today… which involves much more than just opinions… and is why I no longer make proclamations of everything I believe… I just tell stories of my experiences… the things I have seen… the things I have touched and handled of Jesus, as I have walked with Him these past 50 years. That’s all John was trying to communicate…. 1John 1
” 1What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— 2and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.”
He was not concretising doctrines…. just telling his stories.… amazes me how we have almost made idols out of people like the 12 apostles, especially John and then later on Paul….even further on we applied Sainthood to them… tomorrow I will go to learn more about St.Augustine at the Anglican Church we attend… I’ve already sat thru a couple hours of lectures on Augustine the past Sundays …. the poor guy never looked at himself as a Saint… he struggled with everything… and more than most of us… but then I was never beaten with a cane in order to learn that words, studies, knowledge… those are what is important…nothing like the exaltation of our minds… and… Philip has quite a different opinion than the lecturer… 🙂
All these guys were just ordinary human beings like the rest of us… going thru all the stuff that any of us go thru… the more hungry we are to know God… the more crazy the experiences… but each of us is simply responding as human beings respond… none of us is the oracle of God… taking dictation from God and writing it down. We all can hear God speaking to us… but it is communicated out of our own unique persons, our own unique giftings, unique experiences… our stories…. I am so thankful that the Lord has made only one Philip… all that any of us need is simply one of us…. 🙂
I have so much more to say… maybe tomorrow… meanwhile… if I can get around to it tonight, I will try a sketch to honor Victor Lundy… from this photograph… I’ll let people know on Facebook, if I can get it worked into the schedule tonight… it may look a little different than the photograph… 🙂