The Fine Line

This post isn’t just a plug for my friend Kary Oberbrunner’s book, The Fine Line. His book is spot on when it comes to challenging ourselves to live lives according to Romans 12:2. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

I’ll be honest, as those who know me the most would expect. It’s not a bowl of cherries leaving a steady corporate life where food being put on the table, paid vacation, retiring in your 50s, and all of the fluffy stuff our culture offers can be expected. But it’s also not glamourous to even work with some ministries. But my comfort zone, as this passage of scripture and Kary’s new book remind me, is not what I am after. What I am after is assurance. Knowing that I am transforming the world and not just another number.

I see so many other Christians looking at each other to find out where this fine line is. Churches and Christians either trying to be cool to attract the world because others can / have and it has worked, or those not doing anything to make sure they appear to be stuck in the Bible times. There’s one thing that draws EVERY one of us closer to the fine line that God has for us. That is sacrifice. Not worrying when the bills leave us with a few pennies to spare. Giving away without thinking twice, knowing that God has been the provider of every client, project, event, etc. in the past. Holding on loosely to what others cling to.

At the moment I can’t say I am doing that. Sure, I keep my fees lower than other designers and I really do feel like I am being a light in the darkness. Sure, I have a podcast where I share my faith on a consistent basis in an effort to proclaim God as the greatness in my life. Sure, I have three kids who love me as a father and a wife who knows I love her alone. What I’m unsure about is what to give up next. There’s always something OF US that needs to be handed over TO HIM.

The first thing that comes to my mind is the poor. My buddy Brian Webb spoke about this at church this Sunday and really convicted me even further. There are poor people in other nations who give more sacrificially than I do. Not just money, but time. My time is mine. I like relaxing and watching movies, surfing the web and hanging with the family. I think a call to the local food pantry or shelter might a step in the right direction. I think I’ll stop the blog short, give them a call, and ramble on later. I knew this blog would actually lead me somewhere…..didn’t know it would be the final push to actually pick up the phone.

EDIT: Just called W.A.R.M. and the volunteer coordinator’s going to return my call tomorrow. Should be fun!

  1. Thanks for writing this. I’m having a stinky day (which you know–sorry!). This helps. I’m glad you’re my husband!

  2. You are spot on with this. I have been convicted of this also. Someone commented recently that we should focus on one thing we REALLY loved and care for….and give that away. Now…I’m not telling you to give away your iphone…but for me personally, this comment really got to me.

    Love you guys.

  3. Thanks for writing this post.  Even if you aren’t plugging the book I can’t wait to read it.  This is a great post and just really makes me think and that is a very good thing!!  Keep writing them, Gabe!

  4. Holding on loosely to what others cling to. – again…it is those lines that cut to the core….

    ” why spend mony on what is not bread, and  your labor on what does not satisfy ? ” Is.55:2 –

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