Re: Chaplains Corner
Thank you, guys!
The thought for today -
There are two ways to ride a super-heavyweight motorcycle at low speeds. One is brute force; when it starts to lean to the right, you jam your right foot into the ground and kick the bike back up to vertical. The other way is finesse and balance. You keep the bike vertical by very subtle steering corrections which keep it from leaning too far and causing the problem in the first place. And then there are times that neither work, and I have the broken ankle to prove it!
If your wall clock is a bit off time, how do you set it? Do you turn the little wheel that is connected to the inner mechanism, or do you grab hold of the hands and move them to where they belong?
If the power window on your car is open and you want it shut, do you operate the little button on the door, or do you grab the glass and pull up on it?
Leo Tolstoy wrote an essay called 'Why Do Men Stupefy Themselves?' in which he described man as both a spiritual and an animal being. He said that a man could be moved by influencing his animal being or by influencing his spiritual essence. This can be likened to the above; moving the hands of a clock by pushing them into place, or raising a window by gripping the glass, is similar to motivating a person by influencing his animal being. Although it is POSSIBLE to move a person this way, it is far better to move someone, whether yourself or another, by appealing to their spiritual side.
Just like a heavy motorcycle, a person can be influenced by brute force – but finesse and balance, appeal to reason, is far superior.
The Word of God tells us:
Job 32:8 (KJV);
"But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding."
Psalms 51:10 (KJV);
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV);
"Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."
I have been guilty at times of failing this test in dealing with people.
Finesse is far superior, even though brute force can be more personally satisfying - -
May God bless and direct each one of us - -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.