On August 17, 2013, I had the opportunity to give a talk at a Searching Together conference, (an annual conference put on by Jon Zens). At this year’s conference, I shared something that was quite sensitive for me personally. At the beginning of the talk, I said that I didn’t want the talk to be shared publicly because it could be easily misunderstood. In today’s post, I’d like to share this talk with you.
Loving Like God
Loving like God was the title of the talk that I gave. Honestly, I never planned to share this talk here on the blog. Deviating from the plans that I have set is the story of my life however. Loving like God is not for the faint of heart. Loving like God will bring misunderstanding. Loving like God will get you killed. Loving like God is a privilege, however. In my talk, I share a very vulnerable and personal story about how this love has affected my life. I would like to share this talk with you.
A dear sister in Christ has recently started a blog. She was at the conference and she posted the talk on her blog. Just so you know, I am not a professional speaker. If you’re looking for a good speech, you’ll be disappointed.
Because I am not a professional speaker, I didn’t always speak into the mic that was set up for me. As a matter of fact, I walk away from the mic a lot. From a sound perspective, this is not an easy talk to listen to. You have to really concentrate to hear what I’m saying. If you try to listen to this talk and do other things, you’ll miss it completely.
In addition to the poor sound quality (because I continually walk away from the mic), the actual talk is about an hour long with an additional thirty minutes of Q/A . That is WAY beyond the ability of most of our attention spans or schedules. Because of these two reasons alone, most people reading this will not listen to this whole talk. If you are one of the few who do make it through to the end, however, there is probably a good reason why. It is for you that I share this very vulnerable and easily misunderstood story.
Here are some of the main points that I share in the message:
1. Admitting Your Thirst.
2. Abstaining from evil. (not in the twisted religious way you are familiar with)
3. Avoiding the knowledge tree.
4. Being confident in our indwelling love.
5. Being unoffendable.
6. Embracing hopeful despair.
I will conclude this post by providing you a link to the blog where my talk is posted. Although that blog recently began, there are already some beautiful riches posted there. Click HERE to access the talk.