My colleague Yvonne has just pointed out that it is ten years since Mike yaconelli died. He was a huge influence on me, and I’m grateful for the times I got to hear him speak.
We are both digging out some valued Yaconelli-isms:
“Accepting the reality of our broken, flawed lives is the beginning of spirituality not because the spiritual life will remove our flaws but because we let go of seeking perfection and, instead, seek God, the one who is present in the tangledness of our lives.”
“Speed damages our souls because living fast consumes every ounce of our energy. Speed has a deafening roar that drowns our the whispering voices of our souls and leaves Jesus as a diminishing speck in the rearview mirror.”
“Children live in a world of dreams and imagination, a world of aliveness… There is a voice of wonder and amazement inside all of us; but we grow to realize we can no longer hear it, and we live in silence. It isn’t that God stopped speaking; it is that our lives became louder.”
and quoting from memory from a seminar in the 80’s “I don’t care if your church is boring, but at least be passionate boring!”