thegoodenoughpastor

Enjoying the freedom of being good enough

A New Look at Maturity

I came across the following observation by Richard Rohr. It conceptualizes and clarifies my concept of The Good Enough Pastor (or Good Enough Person/Christian/Husband/Wife/Father/Mother/Student/etc. . . . ).

Smallness and ordinariness

It’s a gift to joyfully recognize and accept our own smallness and ordinariness. Then you are free with nothing to live up to, nothing to prove, and nothing to protect. Such freedom is my best description of Christian maturity, because once you know that your ‘I’ is great and one with God, you can ironically be quite content with a small and ordinary ‘I.’ No grandstanding is necessary. Any question of your own importance or dignity has already been resolved once and for all and forever.

Richard Rohr

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2 thoughts on “A New Look at Maturity

  1. thinking on that one 🙂

  2. Ryan on said:

    Well put Richard Rohr.

    My experience has been that God is awesome, and in church we celebrate this often. We read scripture, sing songs, participate in sacraments etc.

    These are all true and beautiful. but what similarly needs to be reinforced is that God is pretty excited about us, His image bearers. The story of the scriptures is of God reclaiming his broken people/world. He must think we’re worth a whole lot.

    How freeing to know that we can be free from idealistic standards, because just as we are God really cares about us.

    Keep on bringing the good news Jeff!

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