Count: What’s the point of gain?
Should a man add centuries of problems to his cause?
Should he detract from his genius in pursuit of wealth?
I cannot muster the thought being mastered by chimes dinging throughout the day.
Such a man can never sleep.
Countess: Unless he takes upon himself a definitive partner;
one who will push him to infinite limits while keeping him fed.
Such a man found favor with his wife;
and he pangs in anticipation as he watches over the city.
I promise you there’s no foul play here. There’s only lofty fancies transmitted to hard copies. These things drive me like offensive line backs off the shotgun formation. I’m ready to stand firm and go long. No my lady. You don’t have to look pretty. You already got me. This gospel reading is for all of us who has boogers in their nose.
10 And you are indeed showing this love to all the bothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to excel more and more; and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your own hands, as we instructed you. 12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. 1 Thess 4:10-12
the love train
You ever pulled up on someone while they were digging in their nose? Like they’re mining for gold; got their whole face wiggling like they gettn’ jiggy with it? Like if they didn’t get this booger out they might die of suffocation? What do you do? Do you ignore and pretend you didn’t see it or look at em’ in the face and be like, “Eww, that’s gross!” Hopefully, your response is predicated on how you love, the type of relationship you have, and your analysis on what type of love is needed.
7 Ways to Perfect Love for the Brothers
- Pray – it helps to intercede on their behalf so that good may come to them. If you truly desire what’s good for their soul, spirituality will factor into your actions.
- Get to know them: find out their hobbies, their interests. Get to know their ambitions and help them solve any problems if you can.
- Be affectionate – whether through empathy or tenderness, let your feelings be ‘healthy’ towards them.
THINGS TO DISCUSS: How can you develop healthy feelings for someone? Where should you let your guards down? Where should you set up boundaries?
- Touch – whether through high fives, a tap on the shoulder, or a warm embrace. We are sentient beings and a soothing touch can show that one is loved.
- Get to know their family – if you would call someone a brother or a sister, you should get acquainted with their family at some point.
- Get them a gift – people appreciate gifts as it shows them you care for them. Just don’t think friendships can be bought.
- Go out together – this could be to a party, another country, or doing community service. Bonds are strengthened as you do work together.
A Quiet pyre
One of the main reasons why I cling to Christian thought are the presence of paradoxes; two opposing statements that gives an underlying truth. There was a time where I thought it made no logical sense to hold two opposing opinions until nature humbled me.
TRUE STORY: I was working downtown in Chicago outside when it was staring to rain. Because my day of work wouldn’t be over until that evening, I needed to find some shade. It thundered and began to pour hard – and lo and behold – I looked across the street and it was sunny with no clouds. Literally I was being rained on and all I had to do was cross the street to be dry. Have you ever had this experience before?
In the 11th verse in our devotional, we’re encouraged to live a quiet life. In two other verses, there is an insinuating of living a loud and passionate life.
8 And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Archaia…
1 Thess 1:8
19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit
1 Thess 5:19
The way I’ve learned to reconcile this is two-fold. For one, there is no thought or whisper not heard form God and those in the faith. Number two, there is a time and place for open preaching, and quiet work. There needs to be balance between the two.
Mind your business
No really…unless your work involved overseeing the affairs of others, you have no place prying into people’s lives, spreading gossip or slander. Do you have a business or are you merely working for another? This isn’t to look down on those who are working for others, rather this is to provide alternatives to those who may be looking for work outside of their job. It’s counterintuitive to pursue a career as an intrapreneur or be the president of a company acting as an employee.
Things to Ponder
- If you wanted ot start a business, what would it be?
- How would you maintain & grow your business?
- What partnerships or sponsors would you look for assistance?
My personal touch
Feels nice to have an assistant helping you complete tasks.
Count: You know I cannot have my servants slave for me dear. Have them be paid their worth.
Countess: Yes my love. I will look into payroll and make adjustments accordingly.
If we ever worked for others, more than likely you were at a job where you worked long hours for little pay. It’s tempting once you have your enterprise to set up structures under you so that people must work hard to work with you. And no, simply saying that’s how the world is isn’t gonna cut it. Either we learn to pay people fair wages or we lighten the load through their removing or sharing tasks. Nobody’s mousn’ around here.
Have you ever thought you could drag and drop things in your house with a computer hand? Or is it just me? Like while you’re cleaning the bathroom and you finishing the tub & toilet at the same time with your digital hands going ,” Zoo Be Doo Wap!” *In my Louis Armstrong voice* BOOM and then it’s DONE… Let me prophesy to the mothers who are burned out from maintaining the house. Your hands may have been weary in work but I’m going to extend your hands. My work shall be great amongst you as my eye works in your heart. You shall perform wonders in the home with ease with time and energy to spare says the LORD.
May Christ be born into our lives to do the impossible. Amen
The promise of self-sufficiency
When humanitarian cooperatives are preferred over spiritual community, we may find our values, goals, or boundaries clashing. We can lose a sense of freedom as outcomes are not only determined by circumstances, but other people. In Christ, our future in entirely dependent on Providence, and God only wants the best for us. All He asks us to do is serve Him and make his name great. If we are sound in Christ, we can do all things without the assistance of another. Nevertheless, Christian community cooperates as one body in the Earth.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
If you CAN do all things through Christ, what spiritual or natural gifting do you feel can be awakened? How can you partner with Christ so that every good and hidden thing in you becomes perfected?
That wasn’t the question
We could be talking about the birds and the bees but here we are; reading these words…I can only hope you’re really digesting this language so that our lives may mushroom to something grand. This adrenaline is natural man. And I’m not trying to steal anyone’s thunder. You should know me by now. Stay in sync and the flow will come automatically. Continue to pursue justice, and Christ will come in a heartbeat..will come in a heartbeat…come in a heartbeat….in a heartbeat…..a heartbeat……heartbeat.
And James was relieved to know that he was still alive.
Count: God, I am forever in debt to the mercy extended to me. It is new every morning. You turned my sorrows into joy, and when I was just a worm, you caused me to fly with many sparrows. Thank you for keeping my life on track and preserving my mind from being quacked. You know how prone I am to wonder. Today I’m not six-feet under.
Countess: So make us stand taller in grace; even as we stand upon shoulders of giants who came before us. We praise you becase although many families are broken, the spirits of our ancestors are ever with us. Thank you for pouring your love abundantly in our heart. Let this same love bring restoration in the world around us. Ameen.
Which type of reality you prefer: Virtual, Digital, Augmented, or Spiritual? Why not have it all in Christ…
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ
— 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV