What would feed an orchid would drown a cactus,
What would feed a mouse would starve an elephant.
That we need to avoid the cycle of
a. Think of things we must do to improve because everyone else seems to be doing better than us
b. Do them
c. Stop do them
d. Wait for the guilt to build up
e. Think of things we must do to improve because everyone else seems to be doing better than us
Rather the starting point is our thirst (John 7:37).
2. An acorn never grows into a rosebush.
An acorn only ever grows into an oak, it might be a healthy oak, it might be an oak but it never stops being an oak.
When we get holier, we also get you-ier.
The contrast (9:30) between Paul who is passionate and zealous and hates Christians
And Paul who is passionate and zealous and who serves the Church
The contrast between Chuck Colson who is driven and intelligent and seeks power
And Chuck Colson who is driven and intelligent and serves prisoners.
The Battle In The Mind
(10-20) The notion of making every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10) and thinking about where the thought leads.
(21-24) “Set your minds on things above” (Colossians 3:2 and Romans 8) the idea that we can set our minds, that the mind can be controlled and is not just the passive victim of passing thoughts.
(25-27) The mind, when occupied descends to chaos and anger, and the television is convenient way of occupying the mind. The analogy is made with the Holy Spirit who is always at work and broadcasting thoughts (Holy Spirit Network) and our call is to tune in.
(27-30) The idea of meditating on the law day and night is intimidating, but better to think on “whatever is admirable, whatever is lovely” (Philippians 4) – the scope in this wide.
(32-38) Being struck by beauty and not ignoring it.
Brilliant story of a violinist called Joshua Bell. He grew up with enormous talent and plays over the world to packed audiences. As an experiment it was decided to ask XXX to play in a metro station. People predicted that the beauty of the music, and the quality of the playing, would cause crowds to gather out of control, there would
Instead what happened (and this is on video) 1,097 people walked past. This was something that people would pay 100s of dollars, but people One person recognised Joshua Bell and gave $20, the rest of the donations were $12.17.
The master was at work, the acoustics were fabulous and people just walked by.
A few dozen paused in their walking, the rest of the crowd gave $12.17
Why did they not stop to listen
They were busy,
They were worried
They had things to do
All they had to do was pause
And it would be the moment of life time
This was the opportunity of a lifetime
The master was at work.