Ben and I are very slowly making our way through a cool little Bible study. We were both so struck by this last night:
(Jonathan Edwards on "common virtue" vs. "true virtue", using the virtue of honesty as an example:)
"In common virtue, you have not done anything to root out the fundamental cause of evil-the radical self-centeredness of the heart. You have restrained the heart's self-centeredness, but not changed it.
True virtue is when you are honest not because it profits you or makes you feel better, but because you are smitten with the beauty of God who is all truth and sincerity and faithfulness...That kind of motivation can only grow in someone deeply touched by God's grace...Consequently, our hearts are not just restrained but changed."
I am not sure how I can be expected to get anything done...
When I have this to sit and stare at. =)
But, was reading this morning and was praying this for the kids:
"Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him."