God Isn’t a Circus Monkey

Posted on November 8, 2009


“some would say formulas [or patterns] are how we interact with God, that going through motions and jumping through hoops are how a person acts out his spirituality. this method of interaction, however, seems odd to me, because if i want to hang out with my friend tuck, i don’t stomp my foot three times, turn around, and say his name over and over like a mantra, lighting candles and getting myself in a certain mood. i just call him. in this way, formulas presuppose God is more a computer or a circus monkey than an intelligent being. i realize that sounds harsh, but it is true.”
-don miller

spent a lot of this week contemplating God’s closeness to me and how that manages to (or should manage to) rub off on other people. in my so-called inconsequential everyday interactions (the ones i have learned tend to usually be the most spirit-filled), on the job, and whatever other niche i happen to be pattering through with my meager existence.

i’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about encouragement and the “lesser” parts of jesus’ body….what it means when God says “it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.”
how everyone plays a part, be it small or large
and how we aren’t all the intuitive, emotion-sensitive types
but that doesn’t make us null and void on the value-scale of God

some of us are meant to run halfway houses
and some of us are meant to clean blood from the streets
and some of us are meant to teach others how to get stains out of cobblestone
with our buckets of jesus blood

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