Living in the tension...

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Tension is a really interesting concept, right? Tension can produce beauty... I’ve always been fascinated by bridges and tension bridges are some of the most amazing things ever. I mean look at this one, or just google them, AMAZING right!

Screen shot 2011-05-30 at 8.34.43 PMAnd tension is KEY when it comes to composing beautiful music. Think of a guitar, a piano, a harp... all need to be dialed into a precise amount of tension to capture the right tone and tune. And not only do the instruments need tension, their tone and pitch play off of one another, often producing a tension in notes that produces amazing music! The wrong amount of tension, too much - too little and it’s just noise, maybe even out of tune noise.

Tension is good, beautiful, it produces the backdrop so that we can dance.

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But as we know, if we put to much tension into the equation... SNAP!

To much tension and the guitar string snaps, the bridge collapses, or the relationship falls apart.

You see, every relationship your in also needs a healthy amount of tension. It can be your boyfriend, girlfriend, wife or husband. It can be your community, your roommate, or your teammate. Relationships will not go deeper and further if some tension isn’t involved and embraced in your relationship. Tension can be the very thing we need to get us from here to there. Tension produces conversations that grow a relationship, tension creates points of decision where your either going to choose to love people, talk and maybe even fight it out with people you want to share life with or the tension just cause you to bail.

If you avoid tension your whole life you will never get anywhere, you will never make music and will never be apart of the dance. But if you embrace tension, learn to live in and deal with it when you need to, if we learn to hone tension to get us where we want to be as individuals and as communities, and if we find just the right amount of tension to embrace, just maybe we will hear the music and if we're brave enough, maybe we'll even dance.

I don’t know. I think i hear the tension but i probably am to scared to really embrace it. And if i were honest it feels like the tension is trying to rip me in two sometimes. It even seems like people all around me are crumbling under the tension and doing everything they can to just avoid it. I want to be the kind of person who lives faithfully and courageously, embracing the right kind and amount of tension so that i can participate in this dance that is life. But way to often i just feel like a jr. high boy, i kinda hear the music, i even like it a little - what i understand of it, i might even be bobbing my head a bit... but dance? HECK NO!

I feel like there is a lot of tension in my life these days. I will probably share some more about that in the days to come. For now, i’m just contemplating the idea of tension and wanting to live well in the TENSION.

Grace and peace erik