QUICK THOUGHTS FOR A THURSDAY

It just so happens, often, that I will come across a thought or hear something put in such a way concerning something I thought I understood, that it makes me wonder if I understood it at all. I like to think that this happens to everyone. With age comes wisdom and the ability to think of things in a different way than your younger self could. Right?

Or I've just been blazing an ignorant, slightly naive trail through life thus far.

Regardless, I'm happy to discover my nearly thirty-year-old self is quite welcoming of new ideas and perspectives. Am I sleep-deprived or is my mind now rather relaxed and open to new information? We may never know.

I was reading a bit of Chieko N. Okazaki. I think she's wonderful, by the way. I'm always inspired when I study her teachings.

There was a part about taking the Lord's name in vain. I've always thought that commandment was fairly straightforward: Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

As a young child, I took that to mean we were not to use profanity or speak of God in a way that is disrespectful. I think the expression "Gosh Dang It," originated in my home state, so my understanding can't have been that far off. I never gave much thought to it beyond that.

But something clicked as I was reading. I thought of what it means when my efforts are in vain. I thought about what it means to take upon the name of Christ. I committed to do this at baptism and I covenant weekly with God to be willing to take upon myself the name of His Son.

Am I doing so in vain?

Am I professing to be a Christian and then acting in ways that are anything but?

I feel like I could talk for a good couple hours about this. I'll keep it short here.

I want to exemplify Christ in all my interactions. I want God to use me to help others and to bring others to him. It's easy to get caught up in my day, but days turn to weeks and suddenly, I haven't been doing all I could. I need to be reminded that I take Christ's name upon myself always, and not just when I have the time to think about it.

I think this interpretation could be common knowledge to everyone else. It's entirely possible I have zoned out during a few Sunday school lessons. Seriously, I don't know why I haven't yet thought of it in this way.

I'm glad I finally came to the realization, though, however many years late to it I may be. Now, are there any other glaringly obvious points I've been missing?

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