In a couple of hours I will head into the hills (our beloved Rockies) to speak at a conference in Vail about living life to the max.......by first learning, and relearning, and relearning to be still. Fast chasing 71 I have been reflecting (thanks to our extra meaningful road trip in the last four weeks) on how much longer this wild olde man will be here on planet earth.
I do long for the 8793 days left until I'm 95. I long to be as fully alive as wise choices, time, energy, health and grace allows. However, there are no guarantees, for any of us.
Thus, I was a bit stunned a few minutes ago to learn of Dallas Willard's "home going" in this past week. He has been a strong "distance mentor" to me over the yeasrs. We had one thoroughly unexpected dinner conversation years back in San Diego (thanks to my, then, publisher) that I've treasured to this moment.
Recently diagnosed with cancer, Dallas' remaining time here was short lived, after a good and long life (1935-2013). I, one among many, will be eternally grateful for his impact on my own life through his writing and teaching. Here are some of those words that have helped form my own soul:
The rocket of our life is off the pad. Action is forever. We are becoming who we will be–forever. Absurdity and cuteness are fine to chuckle over and perhaps to muse upon. But they are no place to live. They provide no shelter or direction for being human.
Yet in the gloom a light glimmers and glows. We have received an invitation. We are invited to make a pilgrimage–into the heart and life of God. The invitation has long been on public record…
God’s desire for us is that we should live in him. He sends among us the Way to himself. That shows what, in his heart of hearts, God is really like–indeed, what reality is really like. In its deepest nature and meaning our universe is a community of boundless and totally competent love…
I think we finally have to say that Jesus’ enduring relevance is based on his historically proved ability to speak to, to heal and empower the individual human condition. He matters because of what he brought and what he still brings to ordinary human beings, living their ordinary lives and coping daily with their surroundings. He promises wholeness for their lives. In sharing our weakness he gives us strength and imparts through his companionship a life that has the quality of eternity.
...from The Divine Conspiracy
and his immense influence on our world,
and on my own life.