Too often people think both our human origin and our destination are milquetoast, namby-pamby watercolors of dandelion-skipping and harp-playing. But these Pollyanna depictions miss out on what the Bible actually says: there will be danger; this will be difficult; to succeed you will need every ounce of skill, resourcefulness and courage with which God has gifted you, and that still won’t be enough!

God has set us upon a path that only God can navigate. The good news is God isn’t looking for passengers, but for partners in the work of Creation. We have been called to draw together the resources of Creation, to bring wise order to the garden, and to release human potential.

Adapted from Why God Died