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Culture Rebel.

I love this phrase and this concept.

I know I can be pretty rebellious.  I’ve always desired that my rebellion is not against God, or what should be, but against what shouldn’t be, or should be different.  I think that is usually true.

That’s what this Kindling blog is about—starting fires in hearts and minds.

But I know I still settle in comfortably to the culture of the world way too often.  I keep asking God to make me dissatisfied and uncomfortable with the way some things are.  And willing to try to help encourage change—in myself and in others.

So I was really excited when my new Redbud Writers Guild friend Connie Jakab launched her new site, Culture Rebel, this week.  I like what she is saying and where she is going.  I hope you will to.

So click on over to Culture Rebel to read her introductory blog post.  I think you will be glad you did!  And may it fan some flames in your life.

(The contest she offers is already over.  Sorry.)

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I don’t use a lot of salt in my cooking.  Other seasonings for sure.  And the right amount of salt to my taste.  But my son-in-law Brad is fond of salt.  I always make sure to have salt on the table—and I am sure to hear Brad say, “Pass the salt, please.”

Salt is a powerful seasoning.  A little can go a long way.  Many recipes call for a ½ teaspoon or a teaspoon (or the equivalent in your country’s measurements).   The other night we had corn on the cob and my grandson Aidan got carried away with the salt on his.  Too salty.  We had to wash it off so he could eat it.

One of my cooking specialties is soup—turkey vegetable, split pea, lentil, potato cheese and others.  I add salt, of course, tasting frequently to make sure I get the right amount.  Even in a big pot of soup, a little goes a long way.  But once I forgot I had already added salt, and I did it again.  Too much.  I couldn’t eat it and had to add more stock to dilute the salt.

Jesus said we are salt:  “You are the salt of the earth.”  (Matthew 5:13)

Our presence, even a few of us,  should be discernable, making a difference.  Where there are many of us, we should have  great influence.  The things that Jesus brings to a life– love, joy, peace, truth, patience, kindness, self-control, trust, holiness, righteousness, justice and many other character qualities—should be so evident in the children of God that we permeate the community around us.  We salt society.

So here’s the problem.  In too many places, you can’t taste the salt.
As we live out the authentic, loving life God has called us to, we should be making an impact.  Just a small presence of the body of Christ can flavor a significant area.  In many places, where there are followers of Jesus in large numbers, our homes, our communities, our world should be able to taste the saltiness—it should be just right.

Jesus went on to say:  “But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

My prayer for myself is that I would not lose my saltiness.  That I would so reflect who God is and what He is like that I add godly flavor to all I encounter.  That I represent the salt that will transform my world into the taste of God Himself.

So  pass the salt, please.

c Judy Douglass

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Debbie has always hated to lose.

So when the Krazy Kittens, her soccer team of 7-year-olds, got behind 4-0, she had had it.  The other team was much better, and it was apparent the Kittens weren’t going to score much.  So the coach, recognizing Debbie’s passion, put her in the goal—her first time ever.

She was ferocious.  Leaping high to make saves.  Diving down, risking fingers and head.  Fighting for the ball.  One stop.  Another.  People came from surrounding soccer fields to watch this tiny tornado.

The final score?  4-0.  She made 25 stops.

Reckless abandon.

Oh, that I would always live with such reckless abandon.  Such wholehearted passion.  Such fiery spirit.

It’s what God calls us to.  I believe it’s to be the norm, not the exception:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30)

That’s everything.  Nothing held back.    No settling.  Love and live with a whole heart!

Debbie believed she could make a difference—and she did.

I believe I can make a difference for the Kingdom of God.  And I will.

If a 7-year-old can risk her hands and head to save goals, certainly I can risk everything—even my life—to save souls.

c2011 Judy Douglass

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The women pictured here were considered dangerous.

Their photos appeared on the cover of McCall’s Magazine, October 1920.  Who are they?  Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia B. Mott, the Blackwell sisters, Julia Ward Howe, Lucy Stone, Mary A. Livermore, Martha C.Wright, and the first woman to cast a U.S. vote in Wyoming.

Why were they dangerous?  Because they were making a difference in their world!  I love that.  I might not agree with all they did, but I applaud their courage to confront what needed to change in their day.

I want to be a dangerous woman.  So does Lynne Hybels, writer, speaker, wife of Bill Hybels.  She wrote this amazing Dangerous Women Creed. Let it challenge you to reach beyond the easy and comfortable:

Dangerous Women Creed:
Dear God, please make us dangerous women.

May we be women who acknowledge our power to change, and grow,

and be radically alive for God.
May we be healers of wounds and righters of wrongs.
May we weep with those who weep and speak for those who cannot

speak for themselves.
May we cherish children, embrace the elderly, and empower the poor.
May we pray deeply and teach wisely.
May we be strong and gentle leaders.
May we sing songs of joy and talk down fear.
May we never hesitate to let passion push us, conviction compel us,

and righteous anger energize us.
May we strike fear into all that is unjust and evil in the world.
May we dismantle abusive systems and silence lies with truth.
May we shine like stars in a darkened generation.
May we overflow with goodness in the name of God and by the power of Jesus.
And in that name and by that power, may we change the world.
Dear God, please make us dangerous women. Amen.

I pray for you what I pray for myself:  Don’t settle.  Challenge.  Confront.  Make a difference.  Be dangerous.

As printed in 2008 Synergy Program

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