Wild Goose Chase

Just finished reading “Wild Goose Chase” by Mark Batterson.  This is the third book of his I have read and I enjoy his style of writing and communicating.  He seems to live and serve with such passion and energy.  I especially enjoy reading the stories of the church he leads, National Community Church, in Washington DC.

In the book, he uses an old Celtic description of the Holy Spirit.  Celtic Christians had a name for the Spirit which translated into “wild goose.”  In his book, he identified 6 cages that keep us from chasing the Wild Goose – responsibility, routine, assumption, guilt, failure and fear.  In addressing each cage, he referenced a Biblical personality who overcame that limitation and chased the Wild Goose.

He has several challenges in the book that encourages the reader to get out of the rut and routine of church as we know it and pursue God.  One of his questions requires some reflection – are we more concerned with knowing God’s Will or knowing God?  How often are we guilty of trying to make God into our image rather than being made into the image of God?

Definitely a good read.  Now to do some of the things he said….

Good Quote to Consider

Started reading Francis Chan’s latest book “Forgotten God” this week.  At the start of one of the chapters, he quoted A. W. Tozer.  I’ve heard Tozer’s name and even have one of his books.  Other than that I really don’t much about him.  I did check to see that his life spanned between April 21, 1897 – May 12, 1963.  What he says sounds so much like us today, I was curious to see when he lived.

Here’s the quote:

“We may as well face it: the whole level of spirituality among us is low.  We have measured ourselves against ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but gone . . . [We] have imitated the world, sought popular favor, manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord and produced a cheap and synthetic  power to substitute for the power of the Holy Ghost.”

. . . we have measured ourselves against ourselves . . .

. . . we have manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord . . .

When I read that quote, I thought about us in 2010.  That’s exactly what we (I) do.  Don’t we compare ourselves with others?  Don’t we also try to create things in our life to give us joy?  Look at all the “stuff” we have or want.  Isn’t it primarily there because we are trying to bring  ourselves joy (or what we call happiness)?    It is.  I’ve done it and I’m pretty sure you have probably done it, too.

Hopefully it moves us to identify those things we use as substitutes and seek to allow the Lord to be our source of joy and the One whom we measure ourselves against.