I Need More

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I wrote this after attending a church service that upset me. &nbsp;They were claiming God&#39;s power, which I believe is good, but there was no mention of His love, compassion, or service. &nbsp;I was angry with the pastor at first, but then I became frustrated with myself. &nbsp;This letter to God is me dealing with the emotions I felt that night.</p>
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Dear God, it&#39;s me, Bryce,<br />
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Thank you for this evening.&nbsp; It has been a solid reminder of your bigness.&nbsp; You speak so many truths to so many people in so many different ways.<br />
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I wonder how often we interpret what you teach us according to our bias, our theology, our concept of what you &quot;should be&quot;?&nbsp; I think it is too often.&nbsp; Lord, it is my desire to know you.&nbsp; I desire to step back, look at myself, recognize my biases, my faulty understandings, and ultimately get over myself–like I have anything figured out anyways…<br />
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I heard tonight about your power, Lord.&nbsp; It is a different message&nbsp;from what&nbsp;I am accustomed to.&nbsp; Christ died &amp; rose again that He might impart power to our lives.&nbsp; This is true and lines up with scripture, as far as my understanding goes.&nbsp; Through the power of the Holy Spirit we have the power to do greater things than He (John 14:11-12).&nbsp; This is a good thing for me to cling to and cement into my understanding of you.<br />
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But is that all?&nbsp; MAY IT NEVER BE!&nbsp;&nbsp; What is claiming power apart from humility but a recipe for arrogance and pride.&nbsp; What is love apart from service but words which fall on deaf ears and fail to do any good.<br />
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God, you are so big.&nbsp; You are so expansive that to focus on any single part of you is to do an injustice of a most grevious nature.&nbsp; We need to claim your power, might, humility, love, compassion, justice, grace, and peace.&nbsp; Those who do not and only hold onto one branch of the tree are not to be scholded but to be told.&nbsp; I learn because I am told by others, by your word and by the leading of your spirit.&nbsp; I am convicted by your word, and your spirit gets it through my thick skull.<br />
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Let me forever be a student, a passionate follower, forever learning and forever doing.&nbsp; Let me never be satisfied with some of you….I need all you that you will impart!<br />
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This is a lifelong process; I&#39;m ready…or at least I&#39;M WILLING<br />
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Love,<br />
Bryce</p>

Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.
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Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.