[in the world, not of the world]

Zee Gimon

I am Zee. I call myself the Observer because that's what I find myself doing most of the time - observe life and people around me. My blog is a Pensieve, similar to that of Dumbledore, used to keep the thoughts and random ideas that visit my brain.

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  • I can understand middle ground or at least meeting someone half way. Then as Believers we must seek to reach the Higher Ground. That does not mean to look down on others who have not reached that high ground. Loveing others and showing acts of kindness often opens doors for a testimony of the Grace of our Lord Jesus.

    • Yes – it’s all too easy to forget what it’s like to be on a “lower ground” so to speak and disregard those people whom we are called to serve.

      Hmm… I wonder… In God’s kingdom, Higher Ground – is it really higher or lower? Jesus said that the one who is humbling himself / herself will be exalted…

  • Mary

    You raise an interesting point. I think the example of Jesus is instructive. We meet people where they are and are fully present to them without a sense of duality. In this way the love of God can flow through us and will guide the situation. The love of God is there for everyone regardless of where they seem to be in the world’s estimation.

    • We meet people where they are and are fully present to them without a sense of duality. – exactly!

  • I agree. We are here for a purpose and a reason, especially when we are focused on serving the Lord any way He calls us to do it. We can’t just plan on staying immobile. I don’t mind reaching out to people and going places… need to do that whenever He lays it on my plate. However, I also need to be sure I have enough time separated from the world around me, with it’s attitude and actions, so I don’t fall apart in my heart. We need to walk carefully and forcefully… Just like Jesus did. [What I need to do more is pray as Jesus prayed… spending time, MUCH time, with the Father.]

    • Our lives are all about balance. We cannot love others without loving God and without loving ourselves (the last one is odd, but Jesus said “love your neighbor as yourself” ergo it’s impossible to try to take care of the people around you without knowing what love feels like)… Therefore, in order to be able to serve others, we should serve God and serve ourselves – which means taking care of our own spiritual life, not just trying to help those close to us.

      Carefully and forcefully – yes.

  • “In the world not of the world” is a great take on explaining our interaction with the secular things.

    I think we should take Jesus’ example. He never avoided the secular things, but he used them or transformed them for his purpose.

    For example, what was supposed to be a boat ride in the rain (nothing obviously sacred about it, right?) became a miracle when Jesus calmed the storm; or when he took the boys fishes and bread (again, they were just a young boy’s lunch) and multiplied them to feed thousands of people.

    We should not avoid secular just for the sake of being secular. We should avoiod the things that may harm our relationship with God or with each other.

    • We should not avoid secular just for the sake of being secular. We should avoiod the things that may harm our relationship with God or with each other. – YES, YES, and YES! Thank you, Cris 🙂

      My “philosophy” is that if God created this world, even in its current state, it is still full of lessons about God and from God. You only have to pay attention to the little things – because often, like with Elijah, God is not in the roaring thunder or fierce storm, but in a gentle whisper of wind. We often expect big things and miracles from Him and don’t notice small lessons He’s teaching us.

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