“I think I will do nothing for a long time but listen, / And accrue what I hear into myself… and let sounds contribute toward me.” ⠀ ⠀ Walt Whitman
Our lives are full of noise, and not just the sounds of voices, podcasts, music, movies, television. It’s the noise of social media, a 24 hour news cycle, internal anxieties, and busyness. Instead of the rhythm of music and silence, movement and rest, our responsibilities and activity and noise builds into an infinite crescendo.⠀ ⠀ What would it mean to be silent, just for a day?
When something has remained still for too long, its pieces settle at the bottom. It needs to be provoked, prodded into action, stirred again to bring it back to life. ⠀ ⠀ Unsettled Collective will challenged you with questions and ideas. Join the conversation as these opportunities are presented. Stay with the questions until the end. Work out your thinking and faith.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With your help, we hope to grow, inspire, and be inspired. Let’s become a community that has not grown stagnant.
Everyone has convictions, beliefs that shape them at their core. They may be political, social, cultural, or religious. They may be complicated and extensive, or they could be simple and small. But they influence routines, conversations, relationships, actions. They guide people in careers and families. These convictions can end up shaping our entire lives.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But how often do our actions fall in line with what we say we believe? And how does someone take their beliefs from theoretical to practical? ⠀ ⠀ The world is full of people who are living their faith in brave ways, whether they’re living overseas, shaping their career, or making simple everyday decisions that take unexpected boldness. Keep following Unsettled Collective to hear their stories.⠀⠀
Before the world was formed, outside of time and earth and space, we were called. ⠀ ⠀ But instead of allowing ourselves to be drawn out into the infinite mystery, we stay close to whatever feels real and tangible. The daily routine of needs and wants. The overwhelming noise of comparison. ⠀ ⠀ Caught up in fantasies of perfection we’ll never attain, we settle for what’s within our grasp. The only things that exist are the few things we can see with our eyes. Our heads are turned down and our gaze drawn inward. So focused on what we want, we can’t see what we already are. And what we could be.⠀ ⠀ Unsettled Collective exists to inspire people to move and engage with the world in a different way, exploring what it means to live a brave faith.⠀ ⠀ Question. Search. Explore.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Change your perspective. Become unsettled.
In our quest to attach explanations to every curiosity, we can lose sight of what is most important: the mystery resolved in Jesus and the salvation he brings. ⠀ ⠀ We don’t have to be afraid of, or consumed by, unanswered questions and difficult situations. All things are absolved and resolved through Christ. ⠀ ⠀ What questions can keep your attention from Jesus?
“Who is Jesus? Everything else is a distraction.” ⠀ ⠀ Brennan Manning
Are there things you can let go of that are holding you back from a faith filled with mystery and wonder?⠀ ⠀ How do you respond when your faith is challenged? ⠀ ⠀ Is it with defensiveness or the joy of actually knowing Jesus in a personal way?⠀ ⠀ Join the conversation below.
"We see the world a certain way and insert our opinions and ideas—whether online or in person—with no leeway for healthy debate and sometimes not in very tactful or sensitive ways. Christian realm or worldly realm, the binding factor in our need to express ourselves is the belief that we are right. We all want to have an airtight case to present because it keeps us safe within our own notions of how things should be - especially in our faith. ⠀ ⠀ What this inherently does is take the mystery out of our faith. Instead of childlike wonder at the marvels of God's ways, we defend our beliefs in a way that does not even remotely display the humble character of Jesus Christ.⠀ ⠀ Exuberant, childlike faith is buoyant and raises not only us up but those around us. There must be a sense of wonder in our faith. God is not an intellection to be solved but a mystery to be lived in."
"It’s a place to work out their thinking. They aren’t going to disappoint anyone to come in and say whatever they have to say. And the background I have, I’ve seen a lot of stuff. Whatever you imply or say, it’s not going to change anything about our relationship. Nothing’s going to shock me. I’m not going to write them off. It’s a place to work out their thinking where they are safe."