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The Rugged Road to Joy
By Matt Litton
Your faith is not just a matter of heaven and hell. It's a matter of joy.
There are people who describe eternal life as a ticket to heaven, like a bond you cash in when you die. They preach that we are all just here waiting for the perfect end. And we wait—gathering dust and baggage—isolating ourselves.
That way of seeing the world can make life feel more like a life sentence.
If we're honest about our lives, it seems we all reside in some type of confinement—some form of prison cell. We are interred by our desire to possess, to protect what is ours: our image, our religion, and our reputations. And, of course, there are the even darker cells: loss, pain, addiction, jealousy, and prejudice. Joy seems in short supply.
There must be another way of living: a holy invitation to take the first step from your cell.
What if we were meant to be nomads? What if there is an ever-present holy invitation to emerge? What if we were made to journey with a God who is always on the move?
From Abraham to Jesus, the essence of faith is discovered in the idea that we are traveling forward together, changing, emerging from our cells, progressing as a people on the road toward the kingdom of God. Life to the fullest is the sacrifice, the work, the journey with the Holy Nomad.
This book is an invitation to discover the rugged road to joy.
About the Author
Matt Litton is a writer, educator, and speaker. He completed his undergraduate work in English and Religious Studies and holds a Master of Arts in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has written about faith and culture for numerous national publications and is also the author of The Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives through the Power of Story. He blogs at www.mattlitton.com.
11/1/2012 4:00:00 AM