My Faith Pondering
Readings for Tuesday of Week 5 of Easter: Year 1
“Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.” (Romans 12: 16)
I like this advice from Paul. Rodney King was and African man who was beat up by the officers of the Los Angeles Police after a high speed chase in 1991. Right or wrong, King did have a good quote; “Why can’t we all just get alone.” I still remember that. It is a good question. Paul says “live in harmony.” I see it as the same thing. Both men ask us to be friendly with one another.
Paul also asks us to not be haughty and to mingle with the so-called lowly. Who are the lowly? No one is lowly by choice. In my pondering I think being haughty is the first step in seeing another as lowly. And the last part of verse 16 of Romans 12 is for me not to not claim to be wiser than I am. I have learned to say “I don’t know.” Sometimes it frustrates people because they think that I should know the solution to their inquiry. But oh what a relief it is to just admit I don’t know.
My Fitness Pondering
Pushups and yoga and some other assorted exercises really gets me going in the morning. After a brief raising of the heart-rate I chew the journal cud for the second time before posting it to the blog. Physical exercise first thing in the morning fits very well with my daily routine. It wakes me up and energizes me. It also just feels good. I stretch and become aware of all the joints in my body as I hear my bones saying good morning to each other. There is a lot of “snap – crackle – pop going on. But it feels good.
My Music Pondering
Musically, I’m in a fixed pattern of playing my favorite hymns every day. I pray singing “Lead Me; Guide Me.” I then move to “Praise to the Lord.” I love the “Ponder anew” part in the third verse. And I have brought in “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” They are easier to sing than to play but it gives me great satisfaction when it is me making the music and it sounds right. “Go Me.” I think playing musical instruments makes us more godly.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through (and to) the people of the Creating Word, and then let us “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.