Erwin Raphael McManus wrote:
"I am convinced the great tragedy is not the sins that we commit, but the life we fail to live." (a)
You don’t need to stand on the beach gawking at those who claim to have God figured out any longer. This site, and the associated book by the same title, are an invitation to you to get in the water and swim with me as we as we explore beneath the surface of what you may have been experiencing, watching and hearing. It involves the adventure of discovering new ways to see God, experience Him, and consider joining a pod of people just like you, who are perplexed by the same, unspoken concerns, yet yearning to swim in open waters. I’m not going to attempt to sell you a bunch of beliefs. My desire is to liberate you from the aquarium and restore you to your rightful place in the open seas of life, free to pursue a relationship with The God of More. The rest is up to Him and you.
There are millions of people, a species if you will, who are terribly confused, wounded, angry and fearful about life and God. No matter how deeply these folks feel about their faith in God, their lives don’t seem to match up with all the promises that are being sold in the name of Christ in this world. Deep within every human being is a voice that whispers within each of us (some more frequently and intensely than others)..."What have I done wrong? I never expected this to happen? Life is not turning out as I had hoped or had been led to believe. What did I do to deserve this? Where’s God? Am I some sort of exception?
Guess what? You''re not alone. There are a species of people on this planet who swim in the same seas of life that you do.
Maybe you don’t feel that your purpose in life has been predetermined like a bullet fired from a gun headed for the target…there’s not much you can do about the trajectory of the projectile after your Creator has pulled the trigger at birth. Perhaps your life experience has been more like a ricochet, bouncing off one experience into the next. You’re not an exception.
Maybe you don’t feel driven all the time by some sort of burning passion, the need to succeed or a distinct sense of unwavering purpose. Maybe you did one of those 40 day deals and ended up at day 41 wondering, "Now What? If this is the case, relax. You have loads of company.
Just because your journey through the seas of life does not match up with the current mainstream promises of evangelical Christianity (peace, financial security, prosperity, always happy, loved by everyone, loving toward all, protection from disease, misfortune and the unexpected) does not mean that you are not loved by God just as the purveyors of these promises claim to be. News-splash! It’s all about us! God, you and me.
Those who claimed to have religion down pat consistently annoyed Jesus. His focus and compassion were always primarily directed toward those who were excluded and marginalized by the mainstream religious establishment…the people who live The Porpoise Diving Life.
Are you confused, curious or perplexed about life, God or postmodern culture? Have you been wounded by Christians or the Church? Do you have a sneaking suspicion that there's more to God than what you've been led to believe? Have you or someone close to you ever been whacked by the inexplicable...something that utterly defies explanation? Do you have fears, uncertainties and doubts about what you've been sold in the name of Christianity? Do you desire a safe place to come and listen or participate in the dialogue that is ongoing about these sorts of issues? Perhaps you have questions.
The Porpoise Diving Life. We have created this resource just for you.
a) McManus, Erwin Raphael "Seizing Your Divine Moment - Dare to Live a Life of Adventure." Nelson Books - A Division of Thomas Nelson Publishers/Thomas Nelson, Inc. Nashville, TN © 2002 by Erwin Raphael McManus p. 34.
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