Good and Evil

Saying Yes and Saying No
Here is a quote that was simple, direct and very inspiring to me. It comes from, Reading for Preaching by Cornelius Plantinga Jr. (pp. 36-37)

"At its core, true religion has to do not just with kindling our passions, but also with aiming them in the right direction. The world is full of good. The Godly person will say YES to it with all her heart and then act accordingly.

The world is also full of evil. The Godly person will say NO to it with all her heart and then act accordingly.

The world is full of the mixture of  good and evil, so that the Godly person sometimes needs the gift of discernment before she knokws what to say or how to act."

I am spending a good amount of time in training teams of spiritual directors this fall. Just this past week, we turned out attention to considering the PERSON of the spiritual director. What are the qualities of character and virtue we desire to have in those called to this ministry? What are the spiritual habits of the heart we want spiritual directors to possess? These have been some powerful times as we look deeply at these virtues and habits of the heart.

So I am stirred even more by the words of Plantinga. The Godly person has great spiritaul energy to say YES to what is good and to say NO to what is eveil. There is an interior decision we make about what is right and wrong, good and evil, beautiful and ugly. Then, with this internal decision made, we then align our behaviors and responses accordingly. This is the essence of "true religion." It is the nature of the "religious affections" as Jonathan Edwards described them.

Here is a simple suggestion for today and for the rest of the week.

Daily, do the internal work necessary: 
so you love what is good, true and beautiful;
so you recognize what is good, true and beautiful
so you then align your life, ministry, and leadership with the good, true and beautiful.

You will have opportunities every single day to do this. May God's grace and strength be with you.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

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