“Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord, who is with you in the judgment.”
~2 Chronicles 19:6
We so often DO first, then THINK about what we should have done. There is an old adage in carpentry, “Measure twice, cut once!” In essence it means to think before you act. Of course there is another adage, “You have two ears and only one mouth!” Meaning that we need to listen twice as much as we talk. Of course, Mark Twain said it best: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” I think that says it best, myself.
All too often, we accomplish and do all things without ever considering the long-term possibilities or the consequences to ourselves or others. We are so blinded by the trees that we can’t see the forest. If you are like me you have an agenda or a plan in place, but you haven’t thought of everything; you only thought of the things that you could think of. I have always liked the idea of a “MASTERMIND GROUP” as depicted by Napoleon Hill in his book, “THINK & GROW RICH.” In a nutshell, you align yourself with a number of other people. All of you similar minded, dedicated to their craft, brilliance in a certain field or ideology, etc. And accordingly you will create a separate and distinct mind which, as a group, will take on a persona & mind of it’s own. By doing so you increase your odds of catapulting yourself (God willing) to do something great and all the while aiding your friends and associates to come along for the ride; perhaps for a ride of their own.
In the infamous words of Saint Thomas Aquinas, “Those in heaven will glorify God’s Sanctification and Grace, and those in hell will glorify God’s Judgement.” Slightly paraphrased as I do not remember the specific quote itself, but have heard of it several times over the last month. It is for this purpose that we MUST personally take heed over all that we do, for our own accountability and personal ethics of how we should operate.
How can we change this world if we do not hold ourselves accountable to a certain standard? Yet, we expect others to maintain that standard that we ourselves refuse to uphold…does that sound familiar??? It should, because Jesus spoke of such things to the Pharisees in Matthew 23 but more specifically:
“For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.”
Our lives, the lives of those around us, our political lives, religious lives, and every other aspect of our lives will not change unless we can change the vices we hold and cling onto, because somehow that is (or so, we would believe) is us! Guess what, they are not, God has much greater things in store for you, but you have much work to do about it. And I am not pointing fingers, I have even more changes to make in my life! (If you read yesterday’s post, you will definitely understand!)
My friends, my brothers, and my sisters, I would ask that you begin a journey to rid yourselves of vices in your life. Blaise Pascal wrote about such in the Pensées in that if we would take one vie each year and work toward ridding ourselves, we would come closer to perfection than by any other act. Because each act deal primarily with ourselves, but indirectly with others, as well. The vice of idleness, this could be taking an action to aid others, etc.
Do you see where I am going with this?
This is one of my personal goals this year, and each year hereafter.
May God Richly Bless You All!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD