E.B. White, known in earlier days for THE guide to good writing via his Elements of Style, as well as several books, is still a fountain from which I sip on occasion. A statement from his pen set me to thinking, with is rather hard to do. Here’s the gem.
"I arise in the morning, torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor (enjoy) the world. That makes it hard to plan the day" (E.B. White)!
Coming from a wild and lost background, and then born again into a partial grace background where you were saved by faith alone, but you had better meet the “standards” of the group to prove it! I spent a good amount of time trying to keep everyone happy. Therefore, I take E.B. White’s statement to heart. Unless you properly define the “world” you can go near insane if you find yourself, or worse, if one of the “in group” discovers that you love nature and the beauty thereof, or God forbid a good book. When you enjoy sailing, flying, a good show or ballgame, you, are loving the world.
So, I identify with E.B. savoring, enjoying the world is for carnal people, not we spiritually mature.
More advanced people understand the Bible is not talking about God’s creation, but is describing the world system of anything goes, there are no rules. Do whatever it takes to grab your apple and climb the ladder.
E.B.’s line was tongue in cheek for sure, so I get the humor. As a new born in Christ for over 55 years, I often make the toughest of decisions involving, not a choice between good and evil, but between two good things.
I grill myself with torturous questions such as, “Which one will bring the most benefit spiritually?” Honestly answer this one. Then I take the correct one. OK, usually.
Today’s article is designed to help you to know that you are not alone. Everyone, preacher, writer, farmer, everyone, must make hard choices, lest we waste the stuff of life called time. We are urged to take this seriously as did Paul:
Ephesians 5:16 “redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
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