Reflection 004. No path? Just take the next step.

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Just had a scary thought. It stopped me in my mental tracks and made me take notice. I realized in an instant that all my life I’ve been asking god to show me my path. I have expected God to have it all mapped out for me with clear, long-term goals, project-sized chunks, benchmarks and a long, clear list of next actions to take.

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Reflection 004. No path? Just take the next step.

Day 002/100. What kind of Christian am I? (An Introduction)

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I identify as Christian. Alternatively, I identify as a Christian. At the simplest level “Christian” to me means no more and no less than “a follower of Jesus Christ.” But life isn’t simple. Because there are billions of people who have called themselves Christian and—as a testament to God’s unlimited creativity—each one of those billions understands or understood how they are Christian in their own, idiosyncratic way.

So, it’s not enough for me to say that I am a Christian. I’ve got to talk about what kind of Christian I am.

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Day 001/100. An introduction to me: a queer/gay, Black, Christian intellectual writer… and the limitations of identity

Jon Carl Lewis. Photo by Cie Stroud. May 2016.
Jon Carl Lewis. Photo by Cie Stroud. May 2016.

Please allow me to introduce myself at the beginning of this hundred-day undertaking: my name is Jon Carl Lewis, and I identify as a queer/gay, Black, Christian, intellectual writer. I am cisgender and my pronouns are he/him/his. At the time of this writing I am approaching my mid-fifties and sort of smugly glad I haven’t reached the exact midpoint of that decade (I tell myself I have things I need to accomplish before then). I am transitioning spiritually from the first half of life to the second half of life, and I hope I’m doing it gracefully (see Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life).

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Day 001/100. An introduction to me: a queer/gay, Black, Christian intellectual writer… and the limitations of identity

Day 000/100. One hundred days of reflections

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Inspired by the #100DayProject and missing the regular discipline I had while writing my “Faith seeking understanding” series, I have decided to create 100 reflections on 100 consecutive days on whatever subject strikes me as interesting to write about. Like my previous series, “Faith seeking understanding,” I will probably explore themes of identity and faith, as well as creativity and vocation.

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Reflection 003. Learning to love my mother, learning to love the world

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Life happens.

I’m writing early today because my mother is sick. She’s sicker than she’s letting on, and so I will be going to spend time with her today and perhaps, stay the night.

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Reflection 003. Learning to love my mother, learning to love the world