Maximillian Amadeus Banzai (banzai) wrote,
Maximillian Amadeus Banzai

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Victrola unplugged

There is a difference between holding on to a principle and having a vision. A principle does not come from moral inspiration, but a vision does. People who are totally consumed with idealistic principles rarely do anything. A person’s own idea of God and His attributes may actually be used to justify and rationalize his deliberate neglect of his duty. Jonah tried to excuse his disobedience by saying to God, “. . . I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm” ( Jonah 4:2 ). I too may have the right idea of God and His attributes, but that may be the very reason why I do not do my duty. But wherever there is vision, there is also a life of honesty and integrity, because the vision gives me the moral incentive.

Our own idealistic principles may actually lull us into ruin. Examine yourself spiritually to see if you have vision, or only principles.

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (”Reaching Beyond Our Grasp,” 9 May)

Been at Victrola for hours. Literally. Wireless internet is oh-so-sweet, bordering on revolutionary for my lifestyle. Caught up with friends and kept up (moderately) with work. This is the first time I’ve had two days off in a row that I can remember. Working on a day off may strike some as bizarre, but working this way is actually energizing for me.

Two days off. Wild. Already feeling a touch more human.

Lots to do in my inner life. Or lots that needs doing, in any case. I have confidence in Him, just not in me. Sounds about right. Less talk, more do.

Getting hungry– been here since lunch. Amazing.
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