Hello, I just wanted to say sorry for not managing to the meeting last night, but it’s really good to see what you talked about. I’ve committed to doing this but it is hard work!! I am challenged by your comment about priorities… so far I’m learning a lot, but it does demand personal effort.
Good one Anna! There’s an element of habit-forming in this, so after any initial buzz of excitement, there’s a bit of slog. It’s also comparable to physical training and discipline, with the “no pain, no gain” mentality. There’s the idea that we’re conditioned to choose the path of least resistance, of pain avoidance. But with a little discomfort and willingness to be humbled, we put ourselves in a position to better receive God’s blessings, to let our roots slowly go down deeper.
I often reflect on the way that we’ve become a society that wants everything delivered to us in the most palatable format. Works of classic literature remain closed to us because they don’t read as well as the latest trashy novel… Don’t be tempted to think that all the delights of scripture will be magically revealed to us on the first or second sitting. But we will get enough, by God’s grace, to develop a real appetite for it. And the great thing about it is, with God’s glory, our deepest hunger can be fed and satisfied, but we will never feel too full, and God’s reserves will never run out!
Anyway, There’s some random thoughts in response to yours. Thanks for your comment!
There’s a German saying: aller Anfang ist schwer – it’s always difficult getting started, whether it’s cycling, jogging or just starting a new book.
Reading an interview with Peter Brooke in last week’s Herald I was reminded of his epic production of the Mahabharata in the Tramway Theatre, which kicked off the City of Culture Year Glasgow 1990. The cast and setting seemed so confusing that I didn’t think I was going to make it beyond the first interval, but I got talking to people, drifted back to my (hard) seat and amazingly before long became absorbed in the drama. The nine hours passed quickly, as one felt increasingly part of what was taking place on stage. Others must have felt the same, since every seat was taken for every performance, even the all-night ones! So we need to stick at it, genealogies notwithstanding. It will start to make sense before long.
Leviticus 27; Psalm 34; Ecclesiastes 10; Titus 2 ONE OF THE INEVITABLE CHARACTERISTICS of those who genuinely praise the Lord is that they want others to join with them in their praise. They recognize that if God is the sort of God their praises say he is, then he ought to be recognized by others. Moreover, one of the reasons for praising the Lord is to than […]