April 18, 2013
Miraculous and simple? In one thought? Well, in truth, we focus so on what seems complicated that we miss the blessings and miracles which are poured out in such great abundance every day. Does our intensity of focus on the “big” things change anything? I believe not. When I work at fixing everything that “needs my attention” I get in the way of Him who truly can deal with it all . . . my job? Praise, trust, love, thanksgiving . . .
Some quotes to ponder:
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
– Nelson Mandela –
What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.
– Mahatma Gandhi –
June 27, 2012
It is quite simple:
Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart. – Gandhi
January 9, 2012
As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves.
– Mahatma Gandhi –
Where I live, we are anticipating Spring coming soon. Not so very long ago I lived in a place where Winter’s might is just now “revving up” and is likely to hold fast to the controls over space and time for easily another 10 weeks, yet I could sit on my deck right now if I so choose and I can already make preparations for my garden and can soon begin planting. I’m thinking about the dirt and the need to make some changes. Things need to change, to grow stronger. A good gardener can tell you there are ways to thwart the pests and diseases that threaten the garden. Just now, though, the garden that needs to be changed is within me. Gandhi’s quote tells me to remake myself. I can bathe and I can scrub, but there comes a point where the “dirt” needs something more than I can accomplish to make me healthier, and to thwart those diseases and pests which hold me back from being all I can be. The sermon at church yesterday told me that some dirt is like that. The dirt of human imperfection is something we can try to hide, but we cannot simply remake ourselves and make it go away . . . or can we? Is Gandhi correct? Is it that simple?
Well, the answer is yes and no. Okay, we so often hate questions that are answered that way, but stay with me. You see, we cannot change ourselves. Our attempts to do so cause us to stray from all we were created to be. In the garden, attempts to make it beautiful which involve planting the same plants in the same ways year after year proves pointless and doesn’t change the results. Unhealthy soil – plantings that do not bloom or yield fruit. Sound hopeless? Maybe not. Gandhi is on the right track, but there’s another step on the journey.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
– 1 John 1:7-9
Change can come and we can be protected from the pests which draw us away from being our authentic selves, but we cannot make it happen. We can say yes to the Lord and He can be the change in us. The truth is not in us without living in Him and He in us. He is the truth. We can rotate the crops. The dirt of sin is on us and with us, but He died to redeem us and turning to Him is the way to truly get beyond it and grow. We can uproot self-deception and follow the Lord. Saying “yes” to Him will allow the change to take place. Our lives, like the garden, will grow healthy and fruitful. He will be glorified!
December 27, 2011
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
– Mahatma Gandhi –
I am willing to assume Gandhi’s heart was in the right place when he spoke these words, but I believe that the world is in the shape it is in for exactly the reason this quote states. We have an “all about me” mindset in this world, and until we set our mind, along with our heart, and our soul, on the changes that our Lord wishes to make through us, that will not change.
In these last few days of 2011, let’s resolve to let Him work His change through us – His people.
If we sincerely do this, we will see a new world!