OK…here is another book idea. I saw the Grand Canyon once when I was in college. There is no way that photos even begin to capture what it is like to see a hole in the ground 20 miles wide and 1 mile deep. Awe. Astonishment. The way across from one side to another seems impassible. It is the great divide.
But what is more astonishing is that there is chasm even bigger than that one. It doesn’t exist on the Colorado River. It doesn’t exist anywhere on the planet. It exists right here inside of us. I call it the Great Divide. And as I teach about it, I get a lot of response. It hits a nerve. What is the Great Divide? Here is what I mean:
- You hear a great sermon on marriage and want to move towards your spouse in a new way. But by the evening you find yourself stuck in old, destructive patterns of behaving.
- You believe that God loves you. You’ve heard it many times. But you can’t shake the nagging sense of feeling condemned and inferior to everyone else.
- You are making some crucial decisions about your future. You know that God has good plans for you. Then why are you riddled with anxiety so that it makes you sick and keeps you up at night?
These are just a few examples of a terrible chasm in all of us, the chasm between our head and our heart, between what we say we believe and what we really believe, between the concepts we assent to and the feelings we give in to. This is the Great Divide. And it is in all of us. And so much of our path forward once we believe in Jesus is the healing of this Divide.
In the book I would explore many of the ways the Great Divide affects us. Then I would walk through the root causes of the Divide and finally point out some ways to close it. Ultimately, heaven is the place where this divide will no longer plague us, where there will be integrity in our lives, radiating both love and righteousness. I can’t wait!
So, let me know again. What do you think of this idea for a book? And thanks to all of you who commented on the last idea, both positive and negative. I look forward to hearing from many of you!