Letter From the Editor


letter from the editor

Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”
I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

I got back into an old habit that I’d fallen out of earlier this year…. and that’s podcasts! I seriously love my Anderson Cooper podcast. For starters, I’ve noticed my productivity instantly increases when Anderson is on. If I could hire him (I can’t afford him) to stand behind me and talk all day, I’d surely be that much better of a publicist. But secondly, it’s been impossible to get a copy of either AMNY (my fave) or Metro NY at my train stop recently and I once again rely on Anderson to break the news down for me on a daily basis. My only beef is that the podcast is only 30 minutes long, which forces me to play it over and over again to get my fix.

I’ve also been searching for more Christian blogs this week, but have been making slow progress in finding what I’m looking for. Yesterday morning, when I was standing on a packed L train surrounded by people with iPods, I had an epiphany. If I’m not reading the news on the way to work, I could at least be listening to it. Which then led to the epiphany that I could also be listening to Christian podcasts… of which I know none outside of those made by the church I attend.  I did a quick search in the iTunes store while I was updating my CNN podcasts and found a couple Christian podcasts that I subscribed to.

So far I’ve only had the chance to listen to the first 7 minutes of Mark Driscoll’s latest sermon on Peter from Mars Hill Church. I read Driscoll’s Vintage Jesus in a book club last summer, but had never heard one of his sermons before. I only caught the opening of the lesson before I had to shut down for the day, and he was talking about how to really understand the particular passage, we have to understand that Jesus’ work for us (dying for our sins) and the Holy Spirit’s work in us (changing us from the inside out once we accept Jesus) will allow God’s work to flow through us and out of us into the world around us. Then he said something along the lines of (and I think I’m quoting here) “If you don’t get this, you’ll just assume Christianity’s all about what you do for God. It’s not. It’s about what God does for you in you and what God does through you in relationship with you,” and I like where it is heading.

I feel like this message in particular has been hitting me over the head from several different directions lately, and I’ve been meditating a lot on Isaiah 6:8. I’ve read this verse probably dozens of times, but recently it’s made a big impact on me – just imagining how Isaiah, who already was close enough to God to hear his inspired word, was so blown away by seeing him that when God asked “Who should I send as a messenger to my people? Who will go for me?” he said “I’ll go, Lord. Send me!” And I’ve been thinking that I want to be like Isaiah and just say “Bump that” to the world and say “Send me!” to God and get out there and passionately change the world into a better place the way Jesus would have me do.

So more of that later! Tonight I’ll be hitting Royal Oak with friends and preparing for what will surely be another amazing Big Apple BBQ tomorrow (I’m eating at LEAST 2 plates). And just because a girl can never have too much BBQ in her life, I’ll be continuing the summer in BK weekend tradition and hitting a G-Funk BBQ b-day party later in the day followed by a rooftop BBQ back in Williamsburg. Delish.

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I’m a big fan of Rev Run’s “Words of Wisdom.” Both the Twitter version and the daily email updates from his bro’s Global Grind, which are a little less TWenTyFIrSt CenTuRY if you know what I mean. It’s usually one of the first things I check on my bberry when I wake up right after the weather and I have a couple of them hanging out in my wallet when I need a little reminder what’s what.

The other day Run was talking about “the narrow path.” As in the narrow path referred to in Matthew 7:13. In general, Matthew chapter 7 pretty much rules. There are all sorts of famous, timeless verses in there that remind us who Jesus really is (Matthew 7:1 for instance: “Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. For others will treat you as you treat them.” or Matthew 7:7-8: “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.”). And I was glad Run pointed my attention in that direction again.

But back to the narrow path. Run’s Words of Wisdom were:

Good morning. The scripture says.. “Narrow is the path that we must walk.”
(What does this mean?) You’ll always have to squeeze through a narrow path in life in order to get through to a happy place. Sometimes its budgeting when everyone else is splurging. Going to the gym when they’re going to the movies. Going to church regularly, eating less, etc. But those who insist that they’ll stay on this wide spacious path. The scripture declares that this path will lead to destruction. So discipline yourself today, find your NARROW PATH and focus.

P.S. Your happiness depends on it!

What the narrow path refers to (from my understanding) is Jesus as he straight up said in John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” The narrow path to heaven is choosing to follow Jesus versus all of the other millions of other options out there. It’s that simple. But Run’s commentary points out that we can do more than just sit back and rest on our laurels knowing that our spot in heaven is all set once we’ve said “I love you” to Jesus.

So with that in mind I decided to narrow my path a little bit more and actually do the things I always say I’m going to do on a regular basis. Since I was working from home today, I actually had a little more time than usual to get things done. So I did what I do every time I’m taking a sick day/staycation/work-from-home day and ran errands for new kitty litter, cereal, Rice Dream icecream (mmm), and my new favorite flu meds (tastes like sugar, works like magic), then cleaned the kitchen, took out the trash and recyclables, and swept the whole apartment. But this time I left notes behind me reminding me to do all of these things every Wednesday night and Saturday morning and marked my kitchen calendar with my new cleaning days, exercise days, etc. Slowly but surely I’m working it all in.

And how’s this relate to the narrow path? With all this work out of the way and running on a smooth schedule, I can focus on the things that really matter. Like seeing my friends, calling my moms, making my dreams come true, and getting eight hours of sleep even when it always seemed impossible! (That and I feel super accomplished. Thanks, Run! You were right! I am happy!)

So that’s the goal, folks. Let’s see if I can stick to it!