That is why Christians are told not to judge others. We see only the results which a man’s choices make out of his raw material. But God does not judge him on the raw material at all, but on what he has done with it.
For the longest I thought myself a body with a spirit. Then I realized it was the other way round. A spirit with a body am I. One will let go the other and continue on. Our bodies and brains and bents make up our raw material, as it were. Circumstances influencing all along. Our spirit the the driving force determines what our bodies do. We view others and see results of the the body, which of course result of the spirits choosing, still we do not see spirits. More, we can not presume to see all the raw materials. Who could surmise to know all the words spoken to a body: the thoughts thought about it and by it: the rearing: the mental makeup. Suppose all one body knows is hate. And the spirit fights for good and wins and results in going out of its way to open a door for another. Now suppose another body knows all the better love and is lazy of spirit and losses. And the loss instead of a complement to lift a day and encourage another results in the same door being opened. A lazy spirit displeases our God and a spirit fighting for good pleases, still we know not the difference from our vantage. A door opened is a door opened. What then of us as judges? I imagine, we are not fit at all. I image further the only logical answer is to let judging to those fit to judge. The Three Persons with perfect knowing.
-A takeaway from Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
As always good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned on the subject are most appreciated.
For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.
A habit that I have come to cherish is a habit of peace and tranquility. It came from a mix of things I took away from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie and The Servant Leader by Blanchard and Hodges and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lweis. I like to do it as soon as my eyes open in the morning. It goes like this.
- get down on your knees and place your hands face down on the ground
- list off all the things you are working towards in your life and commit them to the LORD
- once you have exhausted your list turn your palms up and ask the LORD “What will You have of Your servant today LORD?”
- listen and weigh what you hear against your foundation in the Bible
- take your marching orders for the day and go in peace
I have been taught that often when I am anxious or worried about projects I am working on it is likely because I have not committed them to the LORD. That I am being prideful and working for my own selfish interests.
Over the years I’ve returned to the image above to help refocus on God’s will. It’s a visual takeaway from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. The idea that eternity transcends all time and that the point at which eternity touches time is right now. C.S. Lewis suggests that God wants us to focus on eternity and right now. The Deceiver, on the other hand, would have us focus on the distant past and the distant future as a way to make sure we are not doing what we should be doing right now. To paralyze us with fear and worry so we do not focus on a key question in life, what can I do right now to store up treasure in heaven?
God help us focus on eternity and now. Help us focus on You and on others. Lead our spirits on level ground and establish the work of our hands LORD.