Our Failures, not Successes Make the Difference!

Tomorrow I head for 11 days in Western Pennsylvania. I’ll be teaching at a family camp through the week, head up to Youngstown, Ohio for a Saturday afternoon/evening with some dear friends in a home church up there and then it’s back to Pennsylvania for a seminar at an Assembly of God fellowship in Grove City. I’ll be gone about 10 days and would appreciate your prayers for the folks I’ll be with during these times. I’ll try to blog when I get near an Internet connection.

I have finished Robert Farrar Capon’s Kingdom, Grace and Judgment and there’s a few more quotes I think you’ll enjoy:

“It means that we are saved not by our successes but in and through our failures—not by our lives but in our deaths. For our so-called lives and our vaunted successes cannot be saved. They are nothing but suits of obsolete armor, ineffective moral and spiritual contraptions we have climbed into to avoid facing the one thing that can save us: our vulnerability. Jesus is not the least bit interested in saving the President of the United States or the Archbishop of Canterbury or the Duchess of Kent; he is not even interested in saving the Father of Sick Children or the Mother on Welfare. He does not care beans about titles and roles we assign to ourselves in our successes, any more than he cares beans about the names we call ourselves in our failures. It is us he saves, not our lives. It is the person he dies for, not the suit of clothes in which the person hides from the bare truth about himself. (p. 378-379)

Wow! Can you imagine living alongside folks that really believed that? It would be an absolute joy. I hope you know some of those. If not, I hope you are one of those so that others near you will have a safe place to fall in moments where their weaknesses are evident. If not, ask Jesus to help you see this reality from the core of your being. He’s the one who helps us live in this freedom.

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  1. Dominic June 20, 2005 at 9:16 am

    Jeez Wayne travel much?[he he]Well you just got moved in and now you gotta take off for 11 days…..i guess God is working in you.God bless you and im prayerful right now that Gods work will be done through your interaction in PA.Take care Wayne "dont call me sir" !

  2. Dominic June 20, 2005 at 12:16 pm

    Jeez Wayne travel much?[he he]Well you just got moved in and now you gotta take off for 11 days…..i guess God is working in you.God bless you and im prayerful right now that Gods work will be done through your interaction in PA.Take care Wayne "dont call me sir" !

  3. Dan Mullaney June 26, 2005 at 3:56 pm

    hey Wayne. Nice to read your blog. I didn’t realize it was here. The Mullaney clan are currently in Tennessee now-Knoxville. Lovin the smokies! God bless and talk to you again soon.

    Daniel

  4. Dan Mullaney June 26, 2005 at 6:56 pm

    hey Wayne. Nice to read your blog. I didn’t realize it was here. The Mullaney clan are currently in Tennessee now-Knoxville. Lovin the smokies! God bless and talk to you again soon.

    Daniel

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