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What is Shrinking The Camel all about?

Now, about that title, Shrinking the Camel: Remember the scripture In Matthew 19, where Jesus tells his crowd of disciples that it’s easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to get into heaven? Sure you do. Everyone knows that one. He was talking about us. Those of us in business, I mean. Those of us working to maximize shareholder value, trying to make a decent living, moving and shaking in the midst of global capitalism.

After he says this, the disciples are bewildered (as usual) and they say, “All right Jesus, enough drama. Really, how do you expect anyone to get into heaven, then?” This is one time I appreciate the dumb questions that those disciples asked.

I lean in a little closer, to hear the answer. Jesus tells them, “You’re right, boys. Lucky for you, with God all things are possible. I’m just telling you to be careful not to get too caught up with the money.” (My interpretation, of course.)

Jesus makes it very clear that the truth is, God can shrink that camel like magic, and it’ll slip right through the needle, no problem! Everyone always forgets that part of the story.

This blog is an attempt to integrate my spiritual life with business life. Minus the cliches, presumption and pretence. I hope you can relate.

Welcome to my Blog!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Robert Sayre permalink
    March 3, 2009 1:29 pm

    Thanks, I really enjoyed your thoughts and struggle to bring spirituality into the workplace.

    Rob Sayre

  2. August 20, 2010 7:48 pm

    Thanks for the uplifting thoughts. (One hour a day for three years… hmmm….) I’ve added a link from my blog to yours and will keep checking back!

  3. August 21, 2010 12:47 am

    Very funny introduction! Looking forward to reading your blog!

  4. August 21, 2010 9:30 am

    Yes! I can relate…although it’s from quite a different perspective

    Brad, you seem like someone I’d enjoy having a conversation with over a cup of coffee!

    Perhaps it’s my own ego-centricism, but I think that even if we have nothing else in common, folks our age (I’m 49) have witnessed some profound changes occur in this great country during our lifetimes.

    There’s a blog subject for you…

    I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read so far!

    Thanks for sharing your life and thoughts

  5. August 21, 2010 8:56 pm

    I think sometimes I forget to give Him the credit for getting me where I am today. I don’t think I could have done it by myself. I look forward to reading more. Congratulations on being “Freshly Pressed”!

  6. August 23, 2010 8:09 am

    I love this. 🙂 Enjoying your posts. Blessings.

  7. Brother M permalink
    September 30, 2010 8:13 pm

    Take a look at this post. I remembered it when I read your title.

    Fitting into Heaven

  8. February 16, 2012 10:21 pm

    saw one of your poems (Order) on Every Day Poems. I liked it. Is there a place to view any other of your poetry offerings?

  9. carterarchitecture permalink
    May 23, 2012 1:58 pm

    I love this. Thank you for your inspiration.

  10. Rachel permalink
    August 14, 2012 11:15 am

    This is so true! Thanks for the reminder.

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  12. December 12, 2012 7:47 pm

    So that’s what shrinking camel is all about! interesting and very catchy! and yeah, we should always integrate our spiritual life with our business life! One cannot live with 2 identities.

  13. Tony permalink
    December 16, 2012 2:10 am

    Walled cities (Jerusalem in the story you refer to in Matthew 19) had large gates that were there to stop an invading army. During the day these large gates were opened so people and their animals could enter and leave the city. Each evening the large gates were closed for safety. If you arrived after the gates were closed you were out of luck except for the “eye of the needle”. The “eye of the needle” was a man sized gate built into the larger gate. It was small. But a single individual could easily go through it. The large gates were never opened after they were shut.

    So if you got there after the large gate was closed they would open the “eye of the needle”- the small man sized gate so you could enter the city (as long as you were not an invading army.) You could even get your donkey through the “eye of the needle.” However, getting your camel in was much more difficult. A camel is a large animal and the “eye of the needle” was a small gate. However, it was possible, but not easy to get your camel through the small gate- the “eye of the needle.” First, you got your camel to kneel and then you inched your camel through the gate- the “eye of the needle” on it’s knees. It wasn’t impossible but it took a very good camel jockey and a very obedient camel.

    However, this difficult and time consuming task of getting your camel through the “eye of the needle” was much better than the alternative of sleeping outside the wall with your camel or going inside the wall yourself and leaving your camel and your possessions that the camel was carrying outside the wall where they would probably be stolen.

    Jesus used what was known to teach what was unknown. As he and his disciples passed one of the large gates, Jesus pointed to a camel being inched through the “eye of the needle” and made his comparison to a rich man and heaven.

    • January 30, 2013 11:27 am

      Are you implying then, Tony, that it IS possible for man to get to heaven apart from God? Perhaps if you get there before the big gate closes? Because that’s what you, and those with the whole explanation of “the eye of the needle” are doing.

      Don’t misunderstand Jesus’ intent for this passage. The bottom line here – it is “IMPOSSIBLE”, apart from God, to get to heaven. With God, all things are possible.

  14. January 6, 2014 10:12 am

    I just found your blog site as I was looking for a Christian-based professional site to start following in 2014. I noticed that the last posting was from July 2013. Do you plan to continue with the blog? I certainly hope so, as I found so much of the content to be relevant and want I as looking for.


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