The real trouble with this world of ours is not that it is an unreasonable world, nor even that it is a reasonable one. The commonest kind of trouble is that it is nearly reasonable, but not quite. Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for logicians. It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait. – G.K. Chesterton
A great many problems with our psychology, and function, and indeed general human life and well-being are solved when you throw out balance. When you throw out the need for logical consistency and allow emotions and ideas to exist together as overlapping spheres.
Christianity has such a paradoxical understanding of life. It throws out balance.
Moderation is boring anyway. It is seemingly wise but potentially a seedbed for stagnation and apathy.
Extremes are often frowned upon in our society. But what if opposite extremes could exist side-by-side inside a person. I want to make the case that this is actually the picture of health. Rather than moderation or balance.
As you read the words of Jesus and how he talks about how to do life, it is never balance, it is never to do or think or feel things in moderation. It is fullness. It is a series of fullnesses that seem contradictory to our logical minds and so many of us then throw his teachings out.
I feel like I am trying to describe something that I don’t fully understand yet, but it is something I am experiencing. The dots are being joined in retrospect. I feel like I am trying to represent the beauty and intricacies of a tree perhaps by attempting to paint it with too large a brush and too few paint colours, if that makes any sense. But Christianity involves living out a series of seemingly paradoxical states for e.g.
Fullness of Brokenness/Fullness of Restoration
Fullness of Poverty/Fullness of Wealth
Fullness of Freedom/Fullness of Slavery
Fullness of Rest and Assurance/Fullness of Striving and Tenacity
Fullness of Satisfaction/Fullness of Desire
Fullness of Death/Fullness of Life
Fullness of Joy/Fullness of Mourning
Fullness of Simplicity/Fullness of Depth and Complexity
Life is not found in mediocrity, and balance and juggling things, life is found in fullness, and Christianity gives you the freedom to live in such a way.
What a beautiful man, what a beautiful faith, what a beautiful life.