It’s actually Boxing Day (actually I only discovered a few years back that Boxing referred to Christmas boxes not, y’know, Muhammad Ali et al) but I thought I’d share something in the spirit of Christmas. It’s a blog frequently updated with micro-sermons, mostly pertaining to the promises of Christ (ie. pandering to Christians who like to hear only the good stuff) while remaining appealingly logical. (especially like this post about promises straight from the Word)
I’ve done a fair bit of (secular) introspective logicking in the past few posts so I should technically be quite familiar with the precepts of how to live life to the fullest and without inefficient wastage of time and emotion, but unfortunately life never quite works out that way. Any obstacles between me and a perfectly satisfying life is wrought of a material only God can rend into manageable pieces, and nothing else can do anything significant with them. This doesn’t mean that I cannot and should not put in any effort in overcoming these obstacles, but it does mean that anything I do with anything other than the correct motives and correct source of strength will necessarily be futile.
I have unfortunately learnt this the harder way – empirically. Let’s just assume that I am a complete train wreck of a person, and any outward manifestation of this barely begins to scrape the surface. Complete train wrecks cannot unwreck themselves since they are by definition train wrecks – unable to do anything except probably catch sporadic whiffs of the problem. Anything they do to try ameliorate the situation would hence tap on their trainwrecked skill sets and moral/social consciousness, and chances are that their efforts end up counterproductive. Since our inherent personality cannot be divorced from our reactions to problems and circumstances, our lives seem destined to be caught in positive feedback loops – virtuous or vicious cycles, depending. It’s like a poverty trap – someone poor in spirit will, under this logic, never make as much good of a given situation than someone rich in spirit, despite the fact that he needs more good than the rich-spirited dude does.
If that is the case, it would appear that everyone’s starting position matters infinitely. To many people it certainly does matter considerably. Yet I think God alone supplies the grace we need to break out of the positive feedback loop. To respond to any circumstance with a spirit greater than our own – this is both a commission and a promise from God. This is the underlying theme binding the Bible together – you can’t sincerely believe in the superiority of 300 warriors over tens of thousands of enemy troops, without an supernaturally enlarged spirit [Gideon]; neither can you naturally win souls for the same Jesus you persecuted and tried to put to death, without receiving a breakthrough [Paul]. All the same, it is all the more real in the New Testament. I hate to break into a three-point sermon here (though today’s Christmas sermon was good stuff so I’m borrowing liberally from it), but Jesus drew a crucial link between God and Man, being both at the same time. Through His death – through His very existence – we can ask freely and with confidence from God. Because Jesus so proclaimed, God v3 (ie. Holy Ghost) can reside in us, giving us that spiritual boost simultaneously from us and not from us.
To cut the spiel short, here’s my Christmas muse: there’s only ever one way to be more than equal to yourself.