Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Weight of Glory

At the beginning of the weight of glory it speaks of gaining things and different motives for getting those things. Like the man who marries for money and not love is a mercenary. If people to things for the wrong reasons in the end they will be inevitably unhappy. Also people settle for things that are easily attained when there are things out there that even though you must woke harder for them will bring them greater joy or more fulfillment. An example would be buying store-bought cookies instead of baking them yourself. You must strive harder to obtain the greater things in life and not just settle for the simple things.
Longing is also mentioned in the reading. People long after things that sometime they cant attain. The one thing in life that all people, even if they don't realize it, long for is God and the life after. The longing of a better life and finally achieving true happiness is the ultimate reward.
Glory for me is something I don't much understand. I hear the word used but what exactly is it? Fame, exaltation, praise these could help describe it, but it is really a word that can only be used properly when speaking of God. Because we can not bring glory to ourselves for that would be a kind of self worship. So how else can it be used? Others can describe each other with it, but is it used in its true context. This I am not sure. I guess I am just new to these terms and concepts, but at least I'm growing. ~(^-^)~

1 comment:

  1. Dear April,
    You give interesting comments on your blogging! Great thinking! You should talk more in class as to share a few of your ideas for the ‘bouncing back qualities of learning in discussion’ I hope you (at least) take this opportunity in your group discussion!
    You are ever so right when you state “If people to things for the wrong reasons in the end they will be inevitably unhappy… …. buying store-bought cookies instead of baking them yourself” Can I come and enjoy your ‘home-made’ ones?
    About ‘glory’: for me it is also incredibly hard to understand… Especially when Jesus example in how glorify His Father was by being obedient to death on a cross, after being brought low, disabled as a baby, poor and despised, with no beauty “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:3). I just know one thing: Gods ways are not our ways…
    He just challenges us to rather ‘renounce secret and shameful ways’; not to ‘use deception’, or ‘distort the word of God’. But, on the ‘contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly’ we need to ‘commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God’ (2 Corinthians 4:2). What a high calling!
    God bless,
    Looking forward to your next posts!
    Adriana & Paulo