The Stuff of Life

Good Words

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Some people have such an incredible way of saying things that they stop me in my
tracks. And sometimes what they say is worth sharing. Good Words is gonna be a regular event
here. Each week I will post either song lyrics, a quote, an excerpt from a book, or a guest post. That
way you can enjoy the words, and I will have a place to keep all the good words I find.

The following excerpt is from Sacred Romance by John Eldrige (also the author of Wild at Heart which is one of my all time favorite books.) I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to get to the end of my life having done all the dutiful things but missing a passion that God has set deep in my heart. I was not put here to follow a set of rules, but to follow a living and active Savior.

“Aren’t you thirsty? Listen to your heart. There is something missing.

We listen and we are aware of…a sigh. And under the sigh is something dangerous, something that feels adulterous and disloyal to the religion we are serving. We sense a passion deep within that threatens a total disregard for the program we are living; it feels reckless, wild. Unsettled, we turn and walk quickly away, like a woman who feels more than she wants to when her eyes meet those of a man not her husband.

We tell ourselves that this small passionate voice is an intruder who had gained entry because we have not been diligent enough in practicing our religion. Our pastor seems to agree with this assessment and exhorts us from the pulpit to be redoubling our efforts at Christian service. We join a small group and read a book on establishing a more effective prayer life. We train to be part of a church evangelism team. We tell ourselves that the malaise of spirit we feel even as we step up our religious activity is a sign of spiritual immaturity and we scold our heart for its lack of fervor.

Sometime later, the voice in our heart dares to speak to us again, more insistently this time. Listen to me – there is something missing in all this. You long to be in a love affair, an adventure. You were made for something more.”

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Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at inspireafire.com and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

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