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Monday, February 11, 2008

River of Pleasure

"An intellectual solves a problem. A genius prevents it.
- Albert Einstein

I study. I read. I study. I read. I can guarantee that if I am discussing something with you that I have exhausted all sources of information I can find on it. I want to look it up from the most original source I can find, Google it, find the Latin root, and ask my friends their thoughts. I have found out something. People don't like educated people. We want to talk in hearsay and ideaology. We want to discuss meat and never eat it. We, as the body of Christ, are largely malnourished and ignorant. 

I keep looking at people around me and I am perplexed. Why is no one discipling these people? How is it that we can be in a church 30 years and no one ever shows us the way to Live this Life in Christ? Why is it that we apply the ideas we add to the Bible so freely and easily (like smoking and drinking are bad), but we miss the message of the heart of God's word? It is not a message of outward symbolism, but one of bone deep conviction. The message of God is one of desperate love and a begging to turn from all sin and be close to Him. We'd prefer to bathe ourselves in irrelevant generalities.

My heart has been pricked.

"Jesus said, They do not need to go away;
you give them something to eat."
-Matthew 14:16

"I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel."-Ezekiel 34:14

"They are abundantly satisfied with the fulness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures." -Psalm 36:8

Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, 
   Drink wine with a robust heart. 
   Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure! 
   Dress festively every morning. 
   Don't skimp on colors and scarves. 
   Relish life with the spouse you love 
   Each and every day of your precarious life. 
   Each day is God's gift. It's all you get in exchange 
   For the hard work of staying alive. 
   Make the most of each one! 
   Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily! 
   This is your last and only chance at it, 
   For there's neither work to do nor thoughts to think 
   In the company of the dead, where you're most certainly headed." 

-Ecclesiastes 9:7
Happy Valentine's Day! 
love you.

1 comment:

Emily said...

That's a very powerful Ecclesiastes reference for me. Thanks for blogging. I'm reading.