Something to Consider Before Making Your Thoughts Known

The knack CC has for pulling just the right quote from her quiver is evocative, quite the Hawk-eye rendition of retell.

”Attack me, I do this myself, but attack me rather than the path Tolstoy 3I follow and which I point out to anyone who asks me where I think it lies. If I know the way home and am walking along it drunkenly, is it any less the right way because I am staggering from side to side! If it is not the right way, then show me another way; but if I stagger and lose the way, you must help me, you must keep me on the true path, just as I am ready to support you…do not shout out joyfully: ‘Look at him! He said he was going home, but there he is crawling into a bog’ No, do not gloat, but give me your help and support.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

Reading of the man’s life, I have no doubt these words were a summary of Tolstoy’s personal encounter with too great a slice of Christianity. We really are prone to eating our own.

It is true in my own life and I see it displayed by many others who say they walk with Jesus. We can be brutal, forgetting our own bogs we crawl into often, becoming ourselves tools of demean and division rather than seeing those bogs as opportunity to lend a hand and offer an uplifting word of encouragement.

We convince ourselves that our own bog is not nearly boggy as our neighbor’s, yet the Christ identified our own as a massive beam hindering our ability to see a neighbor’s speck rightly. Those who stagger need help and support, not the wickedness we embrace by loosing thoughts and words of judgment. A special word of thanks to CC for sharing and adding much to my journey along beside a pilgrim from ago who wisely found how much land a man really needs, “Six feet from his head to his toes.”

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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4 Responses to Something to Consider Before Making Your Thoughts Known

  1. ccragamuffin says:

    Let us offer our thanks to Tolstoy together…I am but a fellow staggering soul…who perhaps collects the jeweled quotes of others when they crystallize a thought she cannot capture succinctly enough.
    And this…
    “All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.” ~ Tolstoy.
    It does all return to love. To love The Lord who IS love. To love others as self.

  2. My father-in-law, now gone to be with the Lord, was so fond of saying that, “The Christian army is the only army that regularly wounds or even kills it’s own!” He was a less than perfect man growing up (as was I) but he understood the depth of forgiveness (as do I) and that mercy, grace and forgiveness was never far from his heart in later years. I learned a lot from him at a time when the Lord saw fit to bring me into his inner-circle.
    That is one of the reasons why when I teach, I never forget the Love that demonstrated Itself to mankind and especially to me, and especially when I have to send out some “tough” teaching. If each and everyone of us would truly remember why Christ Jesus died for ME as an individual, we would remain in a constant state of humility.
    Don’t get me wrong, the Apostles and early disciples of Jesus had to demonstrate a willingness to share the truth no matter what just as they learned from Jesus when He told Peter, “Get behind me satan for your will is not the will of God!” Peter probably thought he was being noble in protecting the life of Jesus, yet he was also probably stunned when the Lord spoke to him in that tone. Yet it WAS for love that Christ said those words and it eventually made Peter realize Jesus’ true purpose for coming in the first place!
    Love what I have read so far and will definitely be back. I love following blogs like this for continued inspiration, motivation, learning (we never stop!) and just the all around joy of hearing from other Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my new blog and checking it out. Online ministry isn’t new to me, just blogging and yet I find this medium even more fascinating than the Forums I used to manage!
    Until later, God bless you and yours richly and continually as you continue to minister (serve) the Lord and all the Holy Spirit brings your way! You have a lot of great resources and I look forward to definitely returning!

    • ccragamuffin says:

      These are good words, Pastor. When I look at someone through the lens of God’s love…purposefully picturing them as loved by The Lord…many judgements cease, many conflicts are resolved.

    • mtsweat says:

      I agree with cc, Pastor, your words are a treasure. Thanks for sharing them and we look forward to your wisdom as you minister. Blessings

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