Jesus Leads Us to Places We'd Rather Not Go
Craig Barnes recounts an experience of listening to Henri Nouwen speaking to a group of theological students....
I can still see Nouwen leaning over the pulpit asking us, "Do you love Jesus? Do you love Jesus? Do you love Jesus? He waited through a long pause....Then he made his promise: "If you say yes, it will mean meetings, meetings, and meetings, because the world likes meetings. It will mean parishoners who only want one thing of you, not to rock the boat....it means being subjected to endless deju vu experiences. It means all of that. But it also means anxious hearts waiting to hear a word of comfort, trembling hands eager to be touched, broken spirits with expectations to be healed...Your life is not going to be easy, and it should not be easy. It ought to be hard. It ought to be radical; it ought to be restless; it ought to lead you to places you'd rather not go.
- retold in Gordon MacDonald's book, Mid-Course Correction