Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How do We Keep From Being Polluted?

I'm studying the book of James right now and was profoundly moved by Beth Moore's insight.

She says, " The hands on message of James isn't written to those who have sequestered themselves from the world. James wrote for people serving actively, openly, and humbly right in its thick, pungent pollution. So, how on earth do we serve in it without smelling like it? With some serious discipline and determination, that's how. With courage and deep conviction. With a large daily dose of the Holy Ghost. You don't live this kind of life accidentally. You make up your mind who you want to be and daily die to the rest. You surrender yourself to living in the tension where you'll always be stretched and often be broken. Religion pure and undefiled is grit without the grime. You accept that far easier ways to live exist, but you were born for nothing less.

And when we sniff ourselves and smell the world, we run to the One who can wash us."

WOW!!! Let that one sink in and and through you.

3 comments:

Catherine said...

Va-va-va voom! Let the games begin! I'm loving this, Stacie. Living intentionally, with purpose and mindfulness is what I've been teaching now for 2 years. It is good!

Ma said...

I like Catherine's comment.

Living intentionally...cool:)

Mara Wildflower said...

I always love when you share words of wisdom with us from various Christian books you have shared.

The last quote really is a great one! I think sometimes though, we don't run to the One who can wash us of the "stink," but it's something we need to do.

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