Check back soon for a list of sites I find inspirational. You
can start with www.leonardsweet.com
Below is my favorite example from there:
A Magna Charta of Trust by an Out-of-Control Disciple
from Sweet's Soul Cafe (March 1996 Vol. 2, No. 1)
By Leonard Sweet
I am part of the Church of the Out-of-Control. I once was a control
junkie, but now am an Out-of-Control Disciple. I've given up my
control to God. I trust and obey the Spirit. I've jumped off the
fence, I've stepped over the line, I've pulled out all the stops,
I'm holding nothing back. There's no turning back, looking around,
slowing down, backing away, letting up, or shutting up. It's life
Against the Odds, Outside the Box, Over the Wall, the game of life
played Without Goal Lines other than "Thy Will Be Done..."
I'm done lapdogging for the topdogs, the wonderdogs, the overdogs,
or even the underdogs. I'm done playing According to the Rules,
whether it's Robert's Rules of Order or Miss Manner's Rules of Etiquette
or Martha Stewart's Rules of Living or Louis Farrakhan's Rules of
America's Least Wanted or Merril Lynch's Money-minding/Bottom-lining/Ladder-climbing
Rules of America's Most Wanted.
I am not here to please the dominant culture or to serve any all-show/no-go
bureaucracies. I live to please my Lord and Savior. My spiritual
taste-buds have graduated from fizz and froth to Fire and Ice. Sometimes
I'm called to sharpen the cutting edge, and sometimes to blunt the
cutting edge. Don't give me that old-time religion. Don't give me
that new-time religion. Give me that all-time religion that's as
hard as rock and as soft as snow.
I've stopped trying to make life work, and started trying to make
life sing. I'm finished with second-hand sensations, third-rate
dreams, low-risk high-rise trades and goose-stepping, flag-waving
crusades. I no longer live by and for anything but everything God-breathed,
Christ-centered, and Spirit-driven.
I can't be bought by any personalities or perks, positions or prizes.
I won't give up, though I will give in... to openness of mind, humbleness
of heart, and generosity of spirit. When short-handed and hard-pressed,
I will never again hang in there. I will stand in there, I will
run in there, I will pray in there, I will sacrifice in there, I
will endure in there-- in fact I will do everything in there but
hang. My face is upward, my feet are forward, my eyes are focused,
my way is cloudy, my knees are worn, my seat uncreased, my heart
burdened, my spirit light, my road narrow, my mission wide.
I won't be seduced by popularity, traduced by criticism, by hypocrisy,
or trivialized by mediocrity. I am organized religion's best friend,
and worst nightmare. I won't back down, slow down, shut down, or
let down until I'm preached out, teached out, healed out or hauled
out of God's mission in the world entrusted to members of the Church
of the Out-of-Control... to unbind the confined, whether they're
the downtrodden or the upscale, the overlooked or the underrepresented.
My fundamental identity is as a disciple of Jesus--but even more,
as a disciple of Jesus who lives in Christ, who doesn't walk through
history simply "in his steps," but seeks to travel more
deeply IN HIS SPIRIT.
Until he comes again or calls me home, you can find me filling
not killing time so that one day he will pick me out in the lineup
of the ages as one of his own. And then... it will be worth it all...
to hear these words, the most precious words I can ever hear:
"Well done, thou good and faithful... Out-of-Control Disciple."