Friday, April 03, 2009

What's Your Gear?

Even though I haven't been posting for months, that doesn't mean that I don't read and reflect on other blogs. Today Internet Monk posed an interesting question on his blog. What is my "gear"? What things do I use to draw my attention to the Lord, to remind me to pray, to shift my focus from the everyday to the eternal?
Good question.
Although I don't carry aluminum crosses (70's fad) in my pocket, use beads to pray, or even read a daily devotional, I do have a picture in my computer room that qualifies as "gear", I think. It isn't something I bought or was given to me...It's something I created.
Several years ago, I took an intro to drawing class at the local college. A state university, not a "Christian" school, not a "Christian" class, but a place where I was encouraged to share my beliefs through art. What a surprise when our instructor challenged us to draw our concepts of heaven and of hell! It was a thought-provoking challenge for me to work out my theology with charcoal and paper instead of propositional debate. And it was a great opportunity to explain to others why I drew what I did.
The cross, the door, the nail-scarred hand inviting me in to meet the Father...I look at that crude drawing and I reflect, not only on heaven and how to experience a relationship with God, but on the cost. John 14:6 says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
His gift, represented by my gear.
What gear do you use?


Aussie John said...


Thanks for sharing this. Very thoughtful and thought provoking.

Kat said...

Hi Aussie John,
Good to hear from you again. I do enjoy IMonk's provocative posts...really make me examine what I believe and why.
So, what kind of "gear" do you have? Is Australian gear different that American?

Aussie John said...


By the way. In my previous comment I was referring to your art work. Sorry I didn't make that clear.

As to "gear", if it's used in USA you can be sure it is be used in Australia.

Personally, I don't use any "gear".

My great disappointment in attending church conferences in USA was that there was literally no real observable cultural difference to Australia.