I love this verse. “In judging others you condemn yourself, since you behave no differently from those you judge.” (Romans 2:1, Jerusalem Bible). That verse is a great leveler for me because I am doing the same things that I judge others for. It goes on: “We know that God condemns that sort of behavior impartially: and when you judge those who behave like this while you are doing exactly the same, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or are you abusing his abundant goodness, patience and toleration, not realizing that this goodness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:2-4). Humbling.
Reducing things to boxes comes in different forms. Could it be when one says she has a “God moment” at the movies? Or might have been felt by the Zavier Jones whoever that is, as well. It may seem when people talk about their “God moments” at the movies they may be reducing things to a box. I think, when it comes to things like art and pictures like films, if one says they get God in it, isn’t this a bit of mystery. I would be afraid to say it was God because what if it really isn’t and is just our mind. God is so greater than our minds.
I have observed that people can give you a thumbs up or a thumbs down based on what you say, do or don’t do, your performance or appearance. That’s okay. We live in a democracy. When it comes to what we have to offer as individuals, or what it seems one has to offer, you don’t have to vote for me. I don’t have to vote for you. But don’t forget God. Because God’s judgements of us are not as the world judges. In the Scriptures, the people wanted a king, but God said they had him, they don’t need a king. Still, God gave them a king, probably in his love and grace. When their kings failed and led the people astray, the prophets told the leaders and the people to come back to God. The books of the prophets are about coming back to God. Because with the Lord, you find what you need: a reliable, fair and righteous King who can satisfy your soul. He gives unlike the world gives.
To say time is of the essence is a cliché that gets used over and over again, but having thought about it, it is something coming true in my life. In relating time management to what I do with movies, I was considering watching a number of different films, but realized that I only have a certain amount of time on earth, maybe twenty, thirty, forty years or so more, so I reckoned that it’s best to watch those films that won’t waste my time and I can write about with some meaning. I trusted the movies would not be time wasters and that I could cover a century of film (or whatever) by choosing what mattered, without crossing some of my no-go areas. Problem is that some of the films that are worth it, and may be no-go areas, are actually the ones worth seeing for their social worth.
Awake, cloudy, blustery, and dark. Morning, new year’s day. Winds batter my roof. It’s a day off today. Nothing planned. But I am alive and at a loose end. The stormy weather subsided and I went to the beach. I wondered if there was any meaning to it all. How the weather changed over the course of one day and turned out pretty good. I was glad it did. –Pete’s diary, 2005