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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Friday, April 02, 2010

'Just Imagine'

"Show me a hero, and I will write you a tragedy." F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Cowards are usually seen to have avoided or refused to engage in a confrontation or struggle which has been deemed good or righteous by the wider culture in which they live. On a more mundane level, the label may be applied to those who are regarded as too frightened or overwhelmed to defend their rights or those of others from aggressors in their lives."

"The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity." Rollo May
"To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.” Irving Wallace

“Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination.” Earnest Hemmingway

What is it we imagine?

"Imagination is the work of the mind that helps create fantasy. Imagination helps provide meaning to experience and understanding to knowledge; it is a fundamental facility through which people make sense of the world, and it also plays a key role in the learning process. Imagination is the faculty through which we encounter everything. The things that we touch, see and hear coalesce into a "picture" via our imagination."

Do we imagine as a hero or a coward? 
Do we 'see' through the eyes of victory and freedom or through the eyes of defeat and slavery? What is your imagination 'painting' a 'picture' of?"

I am not speaking of hope and faith, but the reality of the canvas of our life. We all have hopes and dreams, but are they translated, 'painted' into our lives?

There are times when life is painted with the shadows of disillusionment, disappointment, failed dreams, missed opportunities, conundrums and pain.

I have come to believe that the expectations in this life are fraught with the disease of failure. We can never understand and by that I mean fully appropriate these virtues into our lives of, freedom, peace, wholeness or fullness. This is part and parcel of the curse of God upon man as a result of the fall of man. We live apart from God while in this world. John 16:33, "...In the world you will have tribulation;..."

What I see and feel around me in both Christian and others is the lack of victory, the sense that a certain level of accomplishment has been reached, that there has been something achieved which demands notice. There is evident an 'out of sync-ness' between what is communicated by word and action with the reality which is communicated by the observable cues of body-language and those other intuitive cues which arise from personal knowledge of people's circumstances.

I would be remiss to not assume that the same cues are being sent by myself and being read in a similar manner by others. My struggle lies in attaining and seeing a more accurate relaying of the message that I believe we all wish to send with our lives.

What should victory look like? Should we be parading, grandstanding? I do not believe that that is the right message. "Remember that you are mortal," "Remember you will die," "Remember that you must die," or "Remember your death". In ancient Rome, the phrase is said to have been used on the occasions when a Roman general was parading through the streets of Rome during the victory celebration known as a triumph. Standing behind the victorious general was a slave, and he had the task of reminding the general that, though he was up on the peak today, tomorrow was another day. The servant did this by telling the general that he should remember that he was mortal: "Memento mori."

We should be mindful of pride and the real reason we have the victory, afterall we never paid the price to win. It was not our blood shed.

Victory must be something more than lifting hands on Sunday morning in worship, or glibbly and persausively proclaiming with perhaps a certain sense of false bravado 'victory in Jesus', while clinging to a memory or imagining when the 'next shoe will fall'.
John 16:33, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.... I have overcome the world."

Foundational to the Christian experience is a plot of ground 8" square upon which all truth is supported. The cross is the 'truth' of life and Jesus provided the way to peace.

'Just imagine ...'

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