Thank you, Lord, for:
Your amazing patience with us!!
New ladies in my classes
A great walk in our Outdoor Cardio Fitness class!
Spending time with Preston & Parker
Playing hide the bean bags game with Rilynn and Mercy
“What does your life say is the most important thing in existence? If you were to stop and take honest stock of yourself —how you choose to spend your daily dose of breath and energy, which ideas occupy the most space in your thought world —what, more than anything else, moves you? Think about it. Be real with yourself. Whatever that ultimate something is for you now offers tremendous clarity about the person you are turning into. Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson helps us to see why:
‘A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will come out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our loves, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshiping we are becoming. 1
Emerson makes two keen observations. First, that everyone worships something; and second, that those deities will shape our identities. Celebrated American novelist David Foster Wallace echoes: “In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshiping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.” 2 During his work as an economist, Bob Goudz-waard also came to the conclusion that everyone “absolutizes” something. We all serve god( s), take on the image of our god( s), then build society in our (that is, in our gods’) image. 3 And long before Emerson, Wallace, and Goudzwaard it was Paul, the theologian, who opened a famous letter to Rome with the insight that whether it’s the Creator or the creation, everyone worships.
For the poet, the novelist, the economist, and the theologian above, the question is not whether we worship. They took that to be an obvious fact. The real question is what we worship. With reverent hands trembling we all place something on that altar of empty space we find inside ourselves. These diverse minds converge on this point and encourage us to choose that sacred something with extreme care because, for better or worse, whatever we choose to worship will inevitably shape us.”
”Reflect” by Thaddeus Williams