The future is stressful. I’m excited.
I just had to give a presentation in my Biology class, during which I had to define episiotomy. In front of 60 people.
I think it’d be nice if people stopped being against certain people or viewpoints, and were in favor of certain people or viewpoints. I see too many people eager to oppose Obama’s healthcare reform, which is fine, but I think it’d be better if they supported a different idea or solution instead of showing constant opposition.
I think I’m trying to say: Don’t keep yelling at something you deem broken; rather, try to fix it.
And yes, I know that many people have legitimate reasons for their opinions, which is fantastic. This post is referring to those that do not.
Hey satan, you know that you lose, right? You realize who you are up against, right? What makes you think you are going to win? I know you know scripture, so remember Romans 16:20? Think about it. Not so pleasant. So, why don’t you just give it a rest?
No matter what you do, you can’t win. So cut it out.
My friend and I have been writing letters to each other since second semester started; however, the purpose is actually because that is the only way we can communicate. We have been family friends for a long time. A few years back, he joined a monastery and before winter break, we hadn’t talked to each other in 3 years. Since he is living at the monastery, letters are the main form of communication.
In my Christian Ministries class, we have often talked about the benefit of dwelling on a passage of scripture or a certain topic. One of the things our teacher brought to light is the fact that knowledge gained by purely dwelling and thinking about something is different than the knowledge one my receive from researching the idea. We use our own intuition and logic, and we formulate something ourselves.
Most of the letters we have written talk about our living situations, our schedules, and the like; basically updating each other on our current lives. Tonight, I was thinking what we would talk about once we had gotten past the basic information. Naturally, I thought we would talk about deeper topics; issues, struggles, conflict, but most importantly, questions. At this time in our lives, we have lots of questions. Chances are we will always have questions, but it goes without saying that right now is an extremely unique time. So I figure, we will end up writing letters about questions.
However, I have noticed that our culture has put a huge emphasis on getting a quick answer. Our tests are timed for goodness sake. The popular kids are the ones with a quick and witty response. People are expected to have opinions on the latest current events. School provides us with dates to make sure we learn things by a certain time. When presented with a question, we have learned to find an answer quickly, in order to move on with our lives.
When thinking about the letters I may write, I realized that the advice I get from this friend will be very good advice. Maybe not advice, per-say, but, rather, a perspective worthy of my attention. I feel like he will bring up very good points and ideas that I had not considered yet. But then, I remembered that I am writing letters and letters take time. By the time I receive his letter, I may have already found my “answer” simply because I have been trained to solve my problems quickly, regardless of the means by which I solve them.
Long story short: I am beginning to see the benefits in dwelling and pondering on questions, rather than getting a quick answer.
I’ve been busy lately
I’ve been busy lately, and I’m not sure if I’m OK with it or nor. I love all the stuff I do, but it’s cutting down on my friend time and my relax time. I’m not sure how well you know me, but I LOVE my relax time. Some people are energized by always doing things, but that is not me. Anyways, I love everything I do, but I’m not sure if I can continue to do it. I’m choosing to do a lot of the things that eat up my schedule, so it’s not just like life is out of control. Maybe it’s just something I have to get used to, but maybe I’m just not cut out for it.
Proverbs 10:19 “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.”
This is in the first chapter of the Proverbs of Solomon (The previous chapters are primarily warnings about things and it is not until chapter 10 that Solomon’s Proverbs, the short sweet bits of wisdom, actually begin.) One thing I learned recently is that the order of things in the Bible are quite intentional. We see, from Jesus’ very first sermon of the Beatitudes, that the first topics Jesus preaches about are the most important in His ministry. Again, in Romans, order is key. Paul begins by talking about the wrath and judgement of God and then eases up by addressing the grace and mercy of God. When reading the first, chapter of the Proverbs (Chp. 10) I realized that these would have been the first Proverbs that Solomon had come up with or written down. Regardless, I feel there may be an emphasis on these.
From my analysis, the first 32 proverbs are almost all gathered around four central themes: wisdom, hard work, righteousness and speaking. To me, it seems that Solomon sums up how to live by saying “Work hard, use wisdom, pursue righteousness and watch what you say”. Now, the biggest out of these four within these 32 proverbs seems to be speaking. From my count, 11 of the first 32 proverbs talk about “mouth/lips/talking”. My CLFM teacher talks about the fact that in Jewish culture and language, to say something is to do something. The use of words was extremely important, as was not using words. To not say something meant considerably more. For example, when Jesus is before Pilate in John 18:38, Pilate says the famous words, “What is truth?” and what does Jesus do? “Jesus doesn’t answer Pilate’s question. He just stands there. Stands, and stands there.” (Wishful Thinking, Buechner, page 115) Therefore, you can see my interest in speaking or even, not speaking.
For fun, I decided to go skim through the NT and look for references like this one.
Colossians 3:8-9 ” But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger malice, slander and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.”
1 Thessalonians 4:11 “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you.”
2 Timothy 2:23-24 ” Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel: instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.”
James 1:19 “My dear brothers, take not of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.”
James 3:9-12 ” With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”
Jude 1:10 “Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals—these are the very things that destroy them.”
|||Five Senses; an incurably abstract intellect; a haphazardly selective memory; a set of preconceptions and assumptions so numerous that I can never examine more than a minority of them-never become conscious of them all. How much of total reality can such an apparatus let through?|
|||[To monks] Silence was a presence, not merely an absence of noise that busy people have to go to great lengths to seek out.|