Today’s Quote 8/31/07

George Macdonald
Do you think that the work God gives us to do is never easy?  Jesus says that His yoke is easy, His burden is light.  People sometimes refuse to do God’s work just because it is easy.  This is sometimes because they cannot believe that easy work is His work; but there may be a very bad pride in it…  Some, again, accept it with half a heart and do it with half a hand.  But however easy any work may be, it cannot be well done without taking thought about it.  And such people, instead of taking thought about their work, generally take thought about the morrow — in which no work can be done, any more than in yesterday.

The thrill of a completely unselfish act

This morning I was listening to BBC and heard an interview with a man who got some press in the New York Times Magazine some time ago for his radical practice of philanthropy. He not only has given away most of his wealth, maintaining only enough for a modest living and to satisfy his own family that they would not be put out on the street – he also gave away a kidney. After all, most of us have one more than we need and according to this man’s calculation of the worth of others there is a moral demand that we give up (freely) that which we do not need.

He was asked why he was so radical in his giving. His response was that it gives him “morgasms,” the thrill of a fully moral act. This is the joy, the thrill, of doing the completely selfless, the completely good. It is doing the moral thing for the thrill of the fully unselfish act. In a strange twist, the most unselfish things we do are the only way to true joy. Though I like this word I would like to use on a regular basis, but I don’t think Christians could take it.

 Sounds like CS Lewis, and Jesus, to me.

Selective mutism

The killer at VA Tech was diagnosed with selective mutism in high school. In certain situations he was supposedly unable to communicate, like public speaking. Sounds like some Christians suffer from selective mutism, too – they are “unable” to speak for Christ in any kind of social setting. It’s not that we are by temperament quiet – anything but. We still haven’t settled the issue that men cannot believe that which they have not heard, and they cannot hear unless someone tell them.

Today’s Quote 8/27/07

G. K. Chesterton

A child kicks its legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life.  Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged.  They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead.  For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough… It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again,” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again,” to the moon.  It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike: it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them.  It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.