Saturday, October 25, 2008

When God Wants A Man


When God wants to drill a man and thrill a man and skill a man...When God wants to mold a man to play the noblest part; When He yearns with all His heart to create so great and bold a man that all the world shall praise...Watch His methods; watch His ways!

How He ruthlessly perfects whom He royally elects...How He hammers him and hurts him, and with mighty blows converts him into frail shapes of clay that only God understands.

How His tortured heart is crying and he lifts beseeching hands...How He bends but never breaks when His good He undertakes. How He uses whom He chooses...with every purpose fuses him; by every art induces him to try His splendor out...God knows what He's about!

When God wants to take a man and shake a man and wake a man...When God wants to make a man to do the Future's will; He tries with all His skill...When He yearns with all His soul to create him large and whole...with what cunning He prepares He goads and never spares him!

How He whets him and He frets him and in poverty begets him...How often He disappoints whom He sacredly anoints! With what wisdom He will hide him; never minding what betide him...Though His genius sob with slighting and His pride may not forget; Bids him struggle harder yet! Makes him lonely so that only God's high messages shall reach him...So that He may surely teach him what the hierarchy planned; And though he may not him passions to command. How remorselessly He spurs him...with terrific ardor stirs him When He poignantly prefers him.

When God wants to name a man and fame a man and tame a man...When God wants to shame a man to do His Heavenly best; When He tries the highest test that His reckoning may bring...When He wants a god or king; How He reins him and restrains him so His body scarce contains him...While He fires him and inspires him…Keeps him yearning, every burning for that tantalizing goal. Lures and lacerates His soul...sets a challenge for His spirit; Draws it highest then he's near it! Makes a jungle that he clear it; makes a desert that he fear it...and subdue it, if he can -- so doth God make a man!

Then -- to test His spirit's wrath -- throw a mountain in His path; puts a bitter choice before him and relentlessly stands o'er him...Climb or perish, so He says...but watch His purpose, watch His ways. God's plan is wondrous kind -- could we understand His mind ?Fools are they who call His blind!

When His feet are torn and bleeding; yet His spirit mounts unheeding...blazing newer paths and finds; When the Force that is Divine leaps to challenge every failure, and His ardor still is sweet -- and love and hope are burning in the presence of defeat!
Lo the crisis, Lo the shouts that would call the leader out...When the people need salvation doth he rise to lead the nation; Then doth God show His plan...and the world has found a man!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Religion and Humility

“Religion rubs our noses in the past to keep us humble. Reviewing the sinfulness of our past in order to become humble is a perversion... It actually creates shame, and that is a poor counterfeit of humility. To maintain consciousness of our sinful past to help us become more humble is the cruelty of a religious spirit. It requires us to keep something in our minds that is not in God’s. In reality it is much more humbling to live in the liberty of unearned forgiveness!