Angst is my friend.

Am I allowed to say that? Can a deep anxiety about the human condition be a positive force in the life of a Christ-follower? I think so, but I’m not sure it is ok to admit that.

I’m reading 1 John – and, damn, that letter totally kicks ass. One of the things I love most about it is the continual calling back to the oldest of commands, “love one another.” But, this is my new favorite little tidbit: “This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence, whenever our hearts condemn us.”

Wha?!??!

Is it possible that we can be most sure we are following God when we are feeling angst about whether or not we are following God? That’s a definition of faith I can get behind.

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