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Eugene Peterson quote

I saw this quote recently on Twitter.

It’s so key to remember that following Jesus is a lifestyle “on the move.” We don’t stop to admire what we’ve accomplished.  Eugene Peterson

Immediately, these words didn’t sit right with me. Perhaps I’m reading this quote out of context or I’m not assuming the best meaning of the statement. I have great respect for Eugene Peterson as an author, but I do not agree with this statement on two accounts.

1. I do not think that “following Jesus is a lifestyle ‘on the move’.” I take you back to a blog that I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the difference between living for Jesus and being made alive in Jesus. I was profoundly challenged with the thought that “doing for” Jesus is very different than “being in” Jesus. Following Jesus is not always a lifestyle of movement — it is often an intentional quietness.  Frenzied energy is not the hallmark of a Christian — but being alive in Him, sitting at His feet and worshipping Him pleases Him greatly. Maintaining balance in the Christian life is difficult. Movement AND quietness are needed: not one or the other.

2. I understand that Peterson is warning against pride when he writes, “We don’t stop to admire what we’ve accomplished” but I do believe there is a moment that we can feel a deep satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment that can be quietly celebrated when we see the Holy Spirit doing something significant in this world, through us. We savor the moment . . . and then we move on.

Just saying . . .  🙂

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  John 16.24 ESV



  1. Barb Smith

    I totally agree with you Diane. I’m sure that statement must have been taken out of context, unless it was written 60 years ago, and was a theology believed but not taught. It’s certainly was implied in much of my teachings as a young believer, and lead me down a path of doubt and guilt.
    Thank God He rescued me, and I was delivered, to be free in Christ, walking daily with Him, Christ IN ME my hope of glory. ” You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
    Praise God!!!
    By the way, Diane, Happy and Blessed New Year to you and Chris and I look forward to God giving you many new blog entries this coming year that challenge me to meditate on and process what you write.
    Blessings and love,

    • Diane (Author)

      Thank you, Barb for your kind words.

      • Diane (Author)

        I have no idea when Peterson wrote these words but I certainly reacted to them.

        Have a wonderful 2015, my friend. Thank you for your support, love and prayers.
        Hope to sit and chat with you soon.

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