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Remembrance again

It's warm and sunny; I've been out twice already, which is no small feat for me. Memorial Day can be hard. Though I've spent the day differently, emotionally it's similar to last year. This year, I think, a greater part of me wants not to remember, not to have the responsibility of remembering. It's a responsibility I can never fulfill as I should and can never run from as I'd sometimes like.

God, I'm so tired. My own running is making me so.

Had lunch with Meg, a farewell as she prepares for a two-year Peace Corps stint in Burkina Faso. Talked, among other things, about the difference between trying to make a difference and trying to be faithful. She will learn to do both, I predict. Could learn a lot from listening, really listening, to my own words.

expressedinword and taci have arrived, so I'm off.

The greatest enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but good choices which are not quite good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (25 May, "The Good or the Best?")

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Agree wholeheartedly with the Chambers quote. I first encountered the idea in Chesterton's biography of St. Francis: he was so good that the only "temptation" that afflicted him was to something good (potentially, to contract marriage with St. Clare).

I wonder if I haven't already made such decisions in my life that have cut me off from what I could have been.
Good quote. I think I've realized that more lately...do what is best and most beneficial not just what is "lawful." Wish I could remember it all the time.
"I'm so tired. My own running is making me so."

Some things are good to run away from. But yes, it does make one tired. Very interesting quote; did Chambers include any Bible references to back it up?

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The attribution line is a link to his devotional; that entry is based in Genesis 13.

I finally went back and read it...

The quote makes much more sense now. It's about giving up my right to choose, and asking God to make the choice for me. Giving up something good, in order to get God's best!