Another guest post on this week’s challenge – one which seems to have captured a lot of imaginations and challenged a lot of hearts. And at last, the name of Pastor Mark Driscoll is invoked, by schools worker Amy Crick…
A while ago I attended a friends wedding at a church that I had many differing opinions with. The pastor was someone I had disagreed with often, and having heard him speak before, I went in ready to disagree strongly with him once again. However, as I sat and listened to his talk, I was challenged by a number of his points and had a very positive and helpful conversation with my husband on the drive home as result of it.
I realised that this pastor was one of a number of people I had on a list in my head – a list of people from whom I had determined to never learn anything. Included on this list were a number of high profile church leaders and speakers as well as some local ones.
What I realised was that this viewpoint was one of incredible arrogance and pride – I saw it that these people could never have anything of relevance to say to me!?!? I had placed a barrier in my mind that would discount anything they had to say, and I was quick to criticise and highlight anything I saw as justification for this.
This weeks challenge made me aware once again of this unwritten list – it still exists, and has been added to. That is why I am so thankful for this weeks challenge, because it takes me back to that wonderful moment after my friends wedding when I realised what I may have missed out on had I not been willing to listen. It is an opportunity to knock down the walls I have built, and open myself up once again to God’s teaching through whomever He chooses to use.
This week, me and my husband have decided to listen to Mark Driscoll’s series on marriage together. This is a challenge for both of us, but especially me as Mark is a regular on my unwritten list! However, having listened to the first episode, I found some of what he had to say incredibly helpful. Sure, there were a few things I disagreed with, but that’s ok. Even those things have helped me think and reflect on my own views.
Who are the people on your list? Who have you blocked out?
Amy Crick is a Schools worker for CYO in Colchester, working as a school chaplain and leading a self esteem course for teenage girls called Beloved. She is married to Ben and loves baking, The West Wing and Pokemon. Amy blogs at www.amycrick.com and occasionally tweets as @oneandonlyamy