Monday, April 07, 2008

1 Samuel 1 & 2; Psalm 66; 2 Corinthians 7

The web is an amazing tool, the places you can visit, the opinions you can read, it truly is amazing. I find it mostly fascinating and yet there are those times when my objectivity is challenged or seems to be.
I am mostly random today and yet as usual I can see a thread of connection. I blog and read others blogs in a desire to connect, to deeply know others. I desire in the reading of others to BE provoked and agitated and in that not obsess , but to think deeply about whatever has been agitated within me. That's generally what happens when I read an opinion I may not share....I love reading the differences and I desire transformation and my passion to be....freed, to be ...I don't know.
I have to work a job, I would love to pursue my passion and yet at this time, this season of my life I have to work and what if my passion is growing in working?? Can we blend our passions with our jobs? Can it not be that jobs allow us to pursue our passions?
Another random often do we look at the words we write, the thoughts we express from any other place other than our right to express them? Do we need to? How easily influenced or agitated are we by others? Do we need to worry about how we agitate and influence others?

NIV 2 Corinthians 7: 8 Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. 12 So even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did the wrong or of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are.

MSG 2 Cor. 7:8 know I distressed you greatly with my letter. Although I felt awful at the time, I don't feel at all bad now that I see how it turned out. The letter upset you, but only for a while. Now I'm glad—not that you were upset, but that you were jarred into turning things around. You let the distress bring you to God, not drive you from him. The result was all gain, no loss.
10Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.
11-13 And now, isn't it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God? You're more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible. Looked at from any angle, you've come out of this with purity of heart. And that is what I was hoping for in the first place when I wrote the letter. My primary concern was not for the one who did the wrong or even the one wronged, but for you—that you would realize and act upon the deep, deep ties between us before God. That's what happened—and we felt just great.

Paul ‘agitated’ the Corinthians…..are we not called to agitate others? What truly IS agitation to another person? What happens to you when you are agitated? Are you easily agitated?
I pray to be easily agitated and not so easily aggravated. I pray to in the agitation go to YOU and more and more fall into Godly sorrow and not get stuck in the worldly kind.


Emily said...

I meant that there are people in the Christian culture w/o that as their main purpose.

You're right about the "human-ness" people have. I guess I'm being too idealistic here. The Christian belief in the spiritual war against Satan/the world/flesh are tough competitors vs. our desire to follow God.

Thanks for responding! Hope your having a good day.

Jenn said...

I like the agitated v. aggravated thought...I often question why I blog. I think I've decided to use my own blog as a way to capture things I want to remember - so maybe it is just more for me, but I guess sharing has something to do with it too.

the_burning_bush said...

"Paul ‘agitated’ the Corinthians…..are we not called to agitate others?"

Yes! This has been on my mind lately. Paul boasts in Galations: "If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ."

"Can we blend our passions with our jobs? Can it not be that jobs allow us to pursue our passions?"

We don't always get to decide what we do, but we almost always get to decide how and how well we do it. A job done well and in a good spirit is a good job.

Heidi said...

I love this post!!

Deep thinking here before my coffee. But I love the statement that you had used:

Can we blend our passions with our jobs? Can it not be that jobs allow us to pursue our passions?

This is Monumental in my life today. Thank you for posting it.
I needrd to read it, think it and pursue it.