A while back I got an e-mail from a friend. It was quick and to the point. I blew it and he was letting me know. He does this kind of thing a lot.
I couldn’t live without those e-mails.
I like to write. I try to do it everyday. That’s why I have this blog. It gives me a good place to say what’s on my mind, be it college football, Judge Judy or theology. Hence the name Pastoral Ramblings.
When I first started Pastoral Ramblings I would only write when I had some grand thought come into my mind. I was waiting for my masterpiece. That means I was usually waiting a long time. Two friends told me to stop doing that. My friend Marty told me to try to write almost everyday. My friend Keith quoted Seth Godin to me.
“No one ever gets talkers block.”
And so I started writing everyday. A lot of days, I get an e-mail from a friend. One of those e-mails I was telling you about. One that calls me out on a mistake.
Keith has written me quite a few times.
“Typo. The should be they.”
“I think it’s Lego. Not Leggo. Not sure how you check that to find out for sure.”
“Irregardless isn’t a word.”
“You’re. Not your.”
My friends aren’t being jerks or grammar Nazis. It’s not like they’re searching everything I write to find their own little gotcha moment on me. But when they see a glaring mistake, they let me know.
These are some of the most encouraging e-mails I get. I know that sounds weird. But they serve as reminders that I’m not alone. I have other people with me. Other people who care. People who care enough not to be yes men. People who show me how the church is supposed to work.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Galatians 6:1 (ESV)
Jesus isn’t the head of a show or a program. He’s the head of the Church. The Bible calls it the Body. Jesus even identifies it with himself. The different organs and parts of a body, if that body is healthy, do not function on their own and they certainly do not function against each other. Jesus himself is a member of the Trinity, one Divine Being made up of three equal and distinct persons; Father, Son and Spirit. They work together.
So why should those who profess to follow Jesus expect to be different? What gives us the idea that it’s okay to be spiritual Rambos or Lone Rangers, fighting sin and Satan on our own? God designed the Church to be a living organism where each member looks out for the other.
We would do ourselves a lot of good if we stopped trying to convince our friends that we are perfect and stopped always looking past their imperfections. Otherwise, our friendships will become nothing more than vehicles for finding more self-affirmation or boosting our Twitter followers and Facebook friends. After all, it is possible to have a ton of friends while not really having any friends at all.
What we need are friends, even if it’s just a few of them, who really care. Friends who care enough to let us know when there’s a typo, be it the grammatical kind or the spiritual kind. If you’ve got that, you’ve got a lot.
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)
Editor’s Note: Dont start sending me abunch of e-mails leting me no about a typo. I really dont have them any more.Maybe once are twice butt not that much. Its really not a problem for a righter of my calibur so dont worry about me. Thax!,,,,