Telos.

July 15, 2011

MABC classes start Monday, and I’ll be sitting through several hours of class again for 5 days.  Like last year, I expect I’ll be barely treading water by the end of Tuesday, trying to keep my head above the flood of truth.  And like last year, I expect it’ll take the whole next year for the waters to even begin to recede.  Can’t wait.  And yet, praying for love that edifies rather than knowledge that puffs up …

So, until next week-ish, one of my favorite quotes that Dr. Baker shared last year in our Intro to Biblical Counseling class:

This life, therefore, is not righteousness but growth in righteousness,
not health but healing,
not being but becoming,
not rest but exercise.
We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it;
the process is not yet finished but is going on.
This is not the end but it is the road.
All does not yet gleam in glory but all is being purified.
(Martin Luther)

Reads like a breath of fresh air tonight.  Have our questions, progress, issues, burdens, lessons, and trials not yet found their conclusion?  Our God is not anxious.  Things are going as planned.  He sees where they are in their process, and He sees their completion even when we don’t.  As for us, it is comforting to know that we have phrases like “not yet” and “almost” because there is a telos.  There is an end.  A purpose.  Exactly as planned.

Exhale.

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