Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand, 16 so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. –2 Corinthians 10:15b-16a
I would fold laundry, do the dishes, and play video games. All at the same time.
I would open the front door, pay the pizza delivery person, open the box, and eat a hot slice. All from my easy chair.
I would clean my office and — okay, let’s not get carried away.
But you get the picture. If I had the powers of Elastigirl, from the Pixar super-family movies, I could really s t r e t c h myself.
She’s pretty amazing, even without her superpowers. The way she balances raising kids with working a full time job. She clearly knows how to stretch herself. Then you add her rubber band flexibility, and you’ve got somebody who can go beyond your everyday living.
Would you like to be able to stretch like that? There are other variations out there. Plastic man, Stretch-Arm Strong. I prefer the grace with which Elastigirl makes the miraculous seem attainable.
Actually, Elastigirl makes me think of a different kind of stretchiness. Really, what I want is to stretch myself spiritually. I want my faith to be adaptable. I want my mind to be expanded. I want to be able to reach out to God and neighbor with the confidence of a believer.
I want to stretch myself. Not my muscles, but my soul. I want Lent to yield something life changing, not just a month without Diet Pepsi.
I want to be a more flexible Christian, come Easter Sunday. I want to believe in the resurrection with all of the mystery of that day. I want to look at my Bible as less of a rigid rule book and more of an adventure anthology about faith in God.
I want to stretch my preconceived notions–not abandoning that faith I was taught to believe, but able to listen to other notions, other points of view, to see what I might learn from them.
Perhaps I’ll adopt a new way of praying. Perhaps I’ll carefully read the Bible books I’ve thought of as “problematic”. Perhaps I’ll find new ways of serving others, new ways to worship.
I want to stretch myself, so that I can embrace the full wideness of God’s Kingdom as it unfolds here on Earth. I want to share the Love of Jesus Christ as far and wide as my arms can reach.
If stretching like this requires a superpower, than that power is grace, and it’s available not just for the select few. Elastigirl has not cornered the market on flexibility, she has simply figured out how to put it to use.
Are you ready to stretch yourself? I think I am. Let’s reach out to each other, the way Christ is reaching for us. Together, we’ll reach out to the world.
And the whole thing will be so very
Have a good week,