22 October 2012

Duty, Destiny, and Transformation

The best and happiest life is lived by duty-bound people. To learn most students require either a "carrot" or a "stick" to motivate them. In life, greed or a need to be safe is a mere negative motivation for carrying out duty. Love provides the only positive motivation for duty.
The better person will be formed whose life is molded by fulfilling his duty faithfully out of love.

This is why people see a contented, long-time married couple and say “I want what they have.” They know they are seeing the Unique. There had once been a time when two selfish and self-involved people made a commitment marriage. They didn’t realize it at the time but they were actually making a commitment to change. Two do not become one unless this happens. With time both were transformed.
But the transformation was not overnight but every day. It was ongoing. And every day that they got up and fulfilled their own duty, they were re-creating themselves. When this was happening, while they were carrying out their obligations and caring for the other, they were unknowingly building their destiny. They did this every day because they loved someone else better than they loved themselves.
And they believed that carrying out of duty, doing the hard work day after day was the best way to give voice to that love. It is. Because love is not a feeling. Love is giving.
- Charity Johnson

16 October 2012

The Now--and The Eternal

Nothing we do, consider, treasure or abandon on this earth is not also in some sense part of our “re-creation”of ourselves. As the body generates new cells we may re-form ourselves: for better or for worse.
What if it should turn out eternity
Was but the steeple on our house of life
Than made our house of life a house of worship?
 -From "A Steeple On The House" by Robert Frost

“Whatever you do, put your whole heart and soul into it, as into work done for God, and not merely for men—knowing that your real reward, a heavenly one, will come from God, since you are actually employed by Christ...”
– Colossians 3 (JB Phillips)

07 October 2012

Not A Dog's Life

A dog's faith lays in his master. When the master leaves on a trip, he somehow believes that the master will feed him. And, the benevolent master does.
Our faith lays in our unseen Master-yet just as real.

There are people who claim that because we cannot see God, He cannot exist. If that is true, then existence is pretty pointless.
"If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were  no light in the universe and therefore  no creatures with eyes, we should never  know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning."
"To what will you look for help if you will  not look to that which is stronger than yourself?"

Both quotes from CS Lewis



My debt to you,
Belov├Ęd, Is one
I cannot pay
In any coin of any realm
On any reckoning day;

For where is he shall figure
The debt, when all is said,
To one who makes you dream again
When all the dreams were dead?

Or where is the appraiser
Who shall the claim compute
Of one who makes you sing again
When all the songs were mute?

By Jessie B. Rittenhouse

"We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen.
We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.
He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.
He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone.
So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross."
Colossians 1:15-20 The Message