To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Thursday, October 22, 2009

It was 6:45am. She hates unloading the dishwasher anytime of day but she was doing it. Loudly. After a particularly rowdy session of removing bowls I said something to her about the noise. Her point was she wasn't being loud on purpose...my point was that she wasn't trying to be quiet either. We take virtuous refuge in the things that we didn't intend. We are not accountable for those consequences which we did not intend to happen. But here's the thing...

Nothing. Is. Neutral.

"Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need."

Paul is saying that it isn't enough to just not steal anymore...now you must labor honestly...for the purpose of having something to share.

It isn't enough to not intend harm...for every action or thought that we don't intend we must be clear that we are seeking the opposite.

I didn't intend to be rude. But was I seeking kindness?

I didn't intend to be disrespectful. But was I seeking to show respect?

I didn't intend to tear down. But was I seeking to build up?

I didn't intend to hurt you. But was I seeking the best for you?

I didn't intend to be hurt by you. But was I seeking to be longsuffering?

Sometimes it isn't enough to not intend the wrong thing. We have to pursue the right thing. We must be aware of what we don't want to happen as a consequence of something we do so that we are very intentional in what we do want to happen.

Quick to love...slow to speak...submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

We are intentional because He was intentional.

4 comments:

Donna said...

I absolutely love this Marty. I will print it and commit the lesson to memory and action.

Mel said...

This was a goosebumper. I love how you put that out there so truthfully. I've got to learn this. I know it's something that God has been pushing at me lately. Oh, the testing the last couple of months...
I know that learning doesn't always taste good. Sometimes the medicine is bitter but I have to swallow it anyway.

Anonymous said...

Excellent read...you presented a great truth (we are not allowed neutrality) with clarity and passion. Very good.
daddy

s g said...

Living life on purpose. I love this, too. Thank you for putting it together.