The Chair and the Desk, 2/18/16

From the chair and the desk:

For the last couple weeks, I’ve been thinking about the relationship between this:

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”

-1 Corinthians 9:27

…and this…

“That men have such terrible faults in expression is due to the lack of this preparatory training. The various languages have not been specifically developed, and all parts brought into proper co-ordination and unity.”

-S.S. Curry, The Province of Expression, p.175

Now, these aren’t exactly the same thing. It’s not that I am training my body to speak in order that I not be disqualified as a participant in God’s work. Yet, there’s something to this idea of a vision of excellence, a passion for ministry, and bringing even the body into ministering well. Thoughts I’ll have to keep thinking over.


“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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