The Chair and the Desk, 3/31/16

From the chair:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship…

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them”

Romans 12:1,4-6

Today was one of those days when I woke up tired and one of my first thoughts was, Why try hard again today? Can’t I just coast through these first few hours and see how it goes from there? There’s probably a time for that kind of slow start, but, personally, that time was this past weekend, when my sister was in town and we celebrated Easter. Today is just a normal Thursday, and there is work to be done.

Yet, why do it? I found Romans 12 encouraging in this regard. First, because getting out of bed and going down to the exercise bike and getting ready and heading into class can all be worship to God, is all part of being a “living sacrifice” today. Second, our “living sacrifice” often looks like serving one another, because through Christ, we are “members one of another.” I belong to you and you to me, which means that when I step back and think about how good work today can indirectly serve the Church (and society), there’s purpose in my task list.

From the desk:

“Our first task is to understand, and to understand in such a way that we can highlight what is important and sound.” 

-Richard Bernstein, Praxis and Action, p.8

Bernstein is talking here about philosophers with whom he disagrees, and his commitment is a good one for the class I’m reading it for. I don’t agree with all the philosophers we read, but I can try to set out to understand first, being willing to highlight what’s important and what is sound.

“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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