07 March 2019

Whatever! ~ Tightrope Living

Greetings Dear Reader,

The last item in this list of things upon which we are to think often baffles me.  It requires us to walk a tightrope and I am out of balance, to begin with.  If, however, I am required to think about something that challenges my stability then I had best do so and do it well.

The whatever for today is to think about things that are praiseworthy.  We must do so, though, without doing things to seek praise.  We are to humbly do things that others will praise without doing them for the purpose of being praised.  Our lives are to be a symphony of loving noble deeds composed to point the praise at someone else. 

The tightrope we must walk is between praiseworthy deeds and a humble life.  The balance must be between feeling good about what we do and accomplish and remaining small in our own eyes compared to the One we follow.

Our deeds must cause us to stand tall but we must do so with bowed heads and contrite hearts.  Our thoughts must see what we do with pride and humility all at once.  They must not be opposites but two sides of the same coin.  They must be two strands in the strong cord where the third is our love for others.  

It is only through love that I can do praiseworthy deeds and not seek to be praised.  It is love that can fuel my humility.  It is love for others that makes me wish to do things that will stir praise in them.  It is love that will provide the humility to direct that praise to God and allow me to step back into the shadows.

We must do things that others admire and praise Dear Reader.  We must do them quietly, humbly, and lovingly so that we disappear and Christ is seen clearly.  It takes the balance of a cat to walk this tightrope, this narrow path in every moment.  We must then fade like the Cheshire cat leaving only a smile of contentment knowing that we have done well even with the laurels of doing well.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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