The Chair and the Desk, 1/25/16

From the chair:

“43 There I will meet with the people of Israel, and it shall be sanctified by my glory. 44 I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar. Aaron also and his sons I will consecrate to serve me as priests. 45 I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God. 46 And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.”

-Exodus 29:43-46

In my Bible reading plan, I’ve now been reading for days about what Moses and crew are supposed to do to prepare the religious rituals. Yet, God draws this section to a close by reminding them of what God is doing behind their doing. God initiates the meeting. God sanctifies the tent. God consecrates the altar. God sets apart his servants. God dwells with the people, and God is God. Even in ancient times, before we knew about Jesus Christ, worship was not only directed at God but also enabled by God.

That’s an encouraging realization for today. It gives us hope for new things, hope to do more than we could do, hope to become better than we have been, hope that “the gates of hell shall not prevail” against God’s Church.

From the desk:

“A productivity system is a set of methods, habits, and routines that enable you to be most effective in knowing what to do and in actually doing it.”

-Tim Challies, Do More Better, Kindle location 888.

I read this book for a mentoring group I’m a part of, and while there were some new ideas, it mostly reminded me how far I’ve come since college.

I am not a naturally organized person. Yet, organization (i.e., not forgetting tasks, appointments, and information) is essential to do what I am responsible to do. Maybe my brain could have become a good organizer if I had tried a bit harder, but instead I went the cyborg route of Apple Reminders, iCal, and Evernote–and I’m glad I did! This short book (about 100 pages) is a good introduction for anyone who wants to set up a productivity system for the glory of God.

“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake.


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