“Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.” – E. B. White
The word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is slyboots, which means, “an engagingly sly or mischievous person.”
Today is Ball Point Pen Day, because June 10, 1943 is the day that the Biro brothers became owners of the patent for the aforementioned writing implement.
As I’ve mentioned, previously, I have jury duty at city court today. I’ve never been there, before, so this will be a new experience. Even the free parking is in a different place, so I’ll have to navigate a bit. I don’t have to be there until 9:30, but I plan to leave the house by 8:00, just to be safe. I’ll be taking a real book with me, as a notice on the summons says that all electronic devices must be turned off while in the jury room. I assume this means I can’t use my Kindle or play on my phone.
Yesterday was pretty busy. My receiving queue stayed pretty full until later in the afternoon. Hopefully, I got it down to something manageable for our shift lead, who will be trying to fill in for me today. Perhaps the buyers will all sleep in today.
We have a men’s gathering tomorrow night. Nothing serious. No, really, nothing serious at all. Unless you consider ping pong and poker to be serious. Should be good fun. I probably won’t play poker, but you never know. I also won’t stay real late, as we have to be at the YMCA by 8:00 Sunday morning, to start setting up and rehearsing for the worship gathering.
(From Praying With the Psalms)
Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children,
that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children,
so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;
and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.
“Those who experience God’s grace have an obligation to pass on what they know.” Why would we let a new Christian start his life from scratch and have to figure everything out on his own?? We don’t do that with anything else in life, do we? Well . . . I guess there are some cruel people in this world who would, but that’s not the way the people of faith are supposed to act. We have a history of accumulating experience and passing it down to the younger generations. Let’s not let that die out.
“God, I thank you for the story of how you have loved and led your people, the ways you have disciplined and delivered, the ways you have rescued and reconciled. Give me a desire to pass the story on, sharing its truths with friends and family. Amen.”
(From My Utmost For His Highest)
The Next Best Thing to Do
seek, and you will find;
James tells us, in 4:3, You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. When we ask for things “from life instead of from God,” we ask wrongly, because we are asking “from a desire for self-realization.” If I realize myself, I will cease seeking God. Chambers asks, “Have you ever sought God with your whole heart, or have you only given a languid cry to Him after a twinge of moral neuralgia?” I had to look up neuralgia. It is, “intense, typically intermittent pain along the course of a nerve, especially in the head or face.”
Isaiah 55:1 tells us, Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Are we thirsty, or are we “smugly indifferent, so satisfied with [our] experience that we want nothing more of God? Experience is a gateway, not an end.” Let’s look at that last sentence again.
“Experience is a gateway, not an end.”
There is a large faction of Christianity, over the past couple of decades, that builds their entire lives on experience, rather than knowledge. Experience without knowledge is shallow, just as knowledge without faith is dangerous. We must have all in equal measure. You cannot give away experience, but you can give away knowledge.
Let us be thirsty. “Stay thirsty, my friends.” Let us come to the waters, the living waters of Jesus Christ! And let us seek God, rather than experience. Do not thirst for experience, as it is not the intended end. Let the experience lead to more thirst for God.
Father, increase my thirst for you. I am still thinking about yesterday, considering your presence with me at all times. You will never leave me nor forsake me, as you have promised. Today, as I sit in a jury room, and perhaps a court room after that, you are with me. You are already there with me. Let me know that presence at all times. Let me not drift away from your presence. Increase my thirst. I come to the water, looking for you, not the experience.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace, friends.