I've been trying to be better about scripture study, inspired by this article that a friend posted. Yesterdays topic was The Sermon on the Mount which contains some of the most radical doctrines known to man. It's unnatural; truly from God. I encourage you to give it a read. It's tempting to think of scriptural counsel as simple platitudes. But if we were really to live them? Bring those ideas into action in our daily life? It would be revolutionary.
¶Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have cloak also.
And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
¶Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
I had a friend who would send me her favorite You Tube clips of spoken word poetry. They were political, and brave, and made me a little self-conscious. How can people be so sincere and unafraid? That was a couple years ago, and I had mostly forgotten about all that stuff till she recently re-emerged on Facebook and began posting about Baltimore. There is a lot to be said, and some people say things really well.
But back to the the original intent of this post. Thinking of my friend, I started looking for some positive words. After my studies, I was inspired to look up some of Janette...ikz work. She's incredible. Check her out:
Hear what she has to say about finding someone. It's great great.
P.S. Weekly poems have been switched to Saturday if you're keeping track of that kind of thing.