My Jesus Worldview
Even though I’ve mentioned this in the past, I’ll say it again: I like interesting words and phrases. Kind of weird I know, but it’s just the way God has uniquely wired my brain and heart. I don’t do well remembering faces and names, in learning a new language, or remembering grammatical details, but I like words. Over the past few weeks, here are a few things my ears heard or eyes read which made my brain engage and heart ponder as I processed them though my Jesus worldview.
Taciturn. – (Don’t you just like how it rolls off your tongue?) I heard this word used by David Letterman during a new interview show he is hosting. Its definition is, “Inclined to be silent; reserved in speech, reluctant to join conversation.” Hmmm… sounds like someone I know.
In Henri Nouwen’s book “In the Name of Jesus,” he wrote, “Christian leaders are called to live the Incarnation, that is, to live in the body, not only their own bodies, but also in the corporate body of community, and to discover there the presence of the Holy Spirit.” The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:12 & 27, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” Bottom Line: I, we, have to be very careful not to withdraw too far from our fellow Followers of Jesus. I need you and you need me.
“Worry is simply negative meditation.” – I recently read this by Harold J. Chadwick in the Foreword of the book “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas à Kempis and have found this simple definition to be very helpful. In the Psalms, we are encouraged to meditate, to deeply ponder and roll things over in our brain and heart. Such as in Psalms 77:12 & 119:27, “I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” “Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.” I also like very much what we are told in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
As made clear in these verses, our meditations, our ponderings, are to be directed toward God things: Who He is and of His works – the true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy things. We are not to dwell on, meditate on, the negative things. If we are to learn to focus on the positive, we desperately need the help of God. After all, our sinful natures find it much easier to dwell on the bad.
“I don’t know that the last thing you do is any more important than any other.” – I recently heard this quote from the fictional television character Sheriff Walt Longmire. It seems for many of us we spend too much of our lives thinking about what we will do or say in the future as if it will carry more weight or be a better time. Don’t wait! We have been given today to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Give your deathbed confessions and/or praises now! Proverbs 3:27-28, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you’— when you already have it with you.” Jesus said in John 9:4, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” Do it!