November 22nd, 2006


In the shallows

I'm so far off kilter in any kind of structured (or even unstructured) devotional time that I decided to return to that old chestnut, Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest. Leave it to dear old Oswald to deliver an immediate kick in the pants:
Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow concerns of life are not ordained of God; they are as much of God as the profound. It is not your devotion to God that makes you refuse to be shallow, but your wish to impress other people with the fact that you are not shallow, which is a sure sign that you are a spiritual prig. Be careful of the production of contempt in yourself, it always comes along this line, and causes you to go about as a walking rebuke to other people because they are more shallow than you are. Beware of posing as a profound person; God became a Baby.

We are so abominably serious, so desperately interested in our own characters, that we refuse to behave like Christians in the shallow concerns of life.

—Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (22 November, "Shallow and Profound")

Tonight is the annual Pre-Thanksgiving Feast at Buca di Beppo (details from last year's Evite). Yum.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

—1 Corinthians 10:31