Pastor Brooks noted something that many of us, us includes me, need to recall and thus find a wee bit of extra strength to do as Paul wrote, and “Stand in the day.” Here’s the first of today’s quotes for your musing:
"Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones." Philips Brooks.
Having cut my teeth slipping into Saturday afternoon cowboy movies, I have a tendency to life in hopes of the heroic moment. Fact is most us will never be presented with the what world looks at as heroic. Another overlooked fact is simply that most of the “small moments” are in reality training tools for more small ones. Paul asked the Galatian people an enlightening question that forces the thinking person to get to know him or herself much better. Here it is for your perusal.
Galatians 5:7, “You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?”
Contextually Paul is dealing with the saints falling back under legalism due to the unrelenting pressure of those who despised grace. The ranks of Christ’s army are overflowing with men and women who need to ask, “I did run well for a while. Why have I lessoned by zeal, my focus, yes, the intensity of my love for Jesus Christ? I give you the point that often life is made of the stuff of “small things.” But always keep in mind, Bethlehem was very small! Some great events are started in small villages and small moments!
Some, while evaluating personal performance in Christ’s name would admit, a weariness due to consequences of poor choices. This is a malady common to most if not all. Here again Pastor Brooks rings the bell with his famous song, O’ Little Town of Bethlehem. He commented about facing the music with this line:
“Christianity helps us to face the music, even if we don’t like the tune!”
Sometimes we face bitter music because we did write the tune and now we are reaping the dance, often a dance of fools, but, we wrote the music. When we quit singing it, it will fall into the past, hopefully, agreeing with God that the music was not in keeping with a faith walk, thus putting it under the free forgiveness of Christ. We may again sing the songs from the great heart of our savior.
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