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Topic: Love (04/27/06)
TITLE: THE TEARAWAY
By Helen Murray
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For a tearaway with not too much respect for family, school, education or anything else, my brother once gave some wonderful advice. He proposed it to his three sons (who, oddly enough are wonderful and respectful young men!) Then he stood aside and let them take it, while he restrained himself from interfering in their lives.
It was easy advice to take, and it caused no problem for any of them, for they followed it assiduously. These days those young men are all seasoned world travellers, thoroughly enjoying their chosen lives. They girate out from Perth, on the far west coast of Australia, to just about every known destination there is, and then, breezily, they gravitate home again to share their tales of adventure with the family.
These are not men of faith, so we can’t yet think of them in those terms. But I have always admired Peter for this piece of advice.
The advice was … but before I get to that, let’s have a look at tearaway men. They are wild, untameable, living out to the max whatever lifestyle they fancy, but living it out with all their passion and vigour. Invariably there is a passion involved. Sometimes it’s motorbikes, in Peter’s case it was sailing, and he covered the Mediterranean with his yacht and his wife. Then came the babies and another passion took over and saw him playing local and county cricket – two matches each weekend, one as a bowler and one as a wicketkeeper.
He did finally get qualified for an excellent job, but when he brought the family out to Australia again there were no jobs in that field, so he got contracts for cleaning and lawn mowing and made an excellent living to provide for a not lavish but certainly generous lifestyle while sailing his yacht on the glorious Swan River and out to sea around Rottnest Island with his sons and anyone else who happened to be part of the family on a temporary basis..
His generousity was remarkable to me for I was often the object of it. I had been the child who tried to do everything right, and constrained myself to please the parents on their terms, never succeeding and never in love with life. Then, when I finally exploded out of the constrictive system in unacceptable ways, and became disowned by the family, it was the tearaway brother who stood with me and said, “You’re still my sister. How much money do you need? This is what I have in the bank and you can have it all.”
I didn’t take any money, but I could never forget the offer! I felt loved for the first time in my life! And he was half a world away and I hadn’t seen him in years!
I’ve noticed some of these wild men who don’t conform with social expectations and live boldly in a world of their own making. But when Jesus gets hold of them, they go all out for him, not remotely conscious of what other people might be thinking, only wild about sharing their new faith and living it undiluted! Enter the WOW factor! I believe Father absolutely adores these men and women. They excite Him and He can share His heart with them. He can call them “friend” in a real sense, and because they are passionate, they are leaders of men
Abraham must have been one of those, for he was prepared to go right out on a limb with God, leave home and travel to wherever God took him. David was one, because he was unlimited by his brothers’ miserable comments when he visited them and met Goliath. Paul had never entertained limits on his passion, either for killing Christians, or for Christ.
Less passionate hearts are dead hearts. They produce lukewarm religion which God spews out of His mouth! They live small lives and wait on other people for approval.
They weigh down the church with their dissatisfaction and criticism but they bear little fruit.
It is time to be passionate. It’s time to be free, to cast off restraint, to shout to the Lord in church just like they do at the football game, to worship with ALL your heart, mind, soul and strength, and to
Oh, what was that? You wanted to know what my brother’s advice to his sons was?
He told them:
“Don’t waste your time doing anything you don’t love!
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