A few days ago, I made this recipe for dinner with a new friend. We also threw an avocado and chocolate in the blender and made the best desert a girl could ask for. Among many things, we discussed the intersection of Christian spirituality and creative work, considering this excerpt from Dallas Willard’s, Living in Christ’s Presence:
The easy yoke is to lay aside your projects and mine and to take up God’s projects. I will say that again. Taking the easy yoke is to lay aside your projects or my projects, which are crushing…the great temptation is to try to make it happen, whatever it is. That’s where we need to step out of our yoke and into Jesus’ yoke and let him carry the burden…it’s true with our writing or with whatever. We feel like we have to make it happen, and that’s what we have to lay down. We don’t make it happen. We turn it loose. Whatever we are doing for the Lord, we let him carry through with it…when you start trusting your best you think the solution is to work harder, and that is never the solution…[you] need to put [your] best into something and then leave it with God.
Getting to know this woman has reminded me about one of the best parts of moving to a new place: making new friends. Growing up on the road as a child has given me a very funny relationship to the idea of friendship, so it’s something I think about often…in that vein, consider this video from Brené Brown on setting boundaries in which she explains why they’re crucial to positive relationships and proposes the following acronym to help us remember what a boundary is:
B: What boundary need I set…
I: For me to keep my integrity…
G: And make the most generous assumptions about you?
Speaking of empathy, consider this widely circulated speech by Meryl Streep as you prepare for Friday’s inauguration. Whatever you think about her validity as a representative of Hollywood or her critique of Trump, I found encouraging her call to support a “principled press,” and to, “remind each other of the…responsibility of the act of empathy.”
CNSDR is a curation of things I’ve recently found interesting and thought-provoking. Enjoy and share!