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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


Ouch. That was a bit of a kick in the pants for me as well.
That is fantastic. Really. It continues on with a theme that Diane started a day or so ago.

Pre-Thanksgiving feast! This is a good idea. Also, I want to have a Post-Thanksgiving Spectacular. Everyone brings leftovers, either as they were originally, or reconfigured into a new dish. :D
The Pre-Thanksgiving Feast is designed to expand our stomachs in anticipation of Thanksgiving. As you know, Buca di Beppo is a great place to do that.

I'm always catching up to Dionne Diane.
Thanks for sharing that. Some days I hate the routine things. Most days I do... Gotta keep it all in perspective!
I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to share that.
I really like that.

And props to Buca di Beppo.


Um, I don't really get what Oswald was saying. What do you consider the "shallow" concerns of life to be? How are we supposed to "behave like Christians" in these areas?