Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Living in Grace

I am reading the book Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald and loved this excerpt which he took from Anne Morrow Lindbergh's book The Gift from the Sea. Lindberg wrote some insightful comments about ordering her private world. I wish the words were mine, but they are not. She says:

"I want first of all ... to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out these obligations and activities as well as I can. I want, in fact--to borrow from the language of the saints--to live "in grace" as much of the time as possible. I am not using this term in a strictly theological sense. By grace I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony. I am seeking perhaps what Socrates asked for in the prayer from the Phaedrus when he said, "May the outward and inward man be one." I would like to achieve a state of inner spiritual grace from which I could function and give as I was meant to in the eye of God."

O that we might all desire this harmony offered to us in our Savior. Let us train our minds to think the truth. Let us pursue righteousness at all costs. Let us have confidence in God so we may have peace even when our worlds are far from peace-full.

Breathe it in.
"The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever."
Isaiah 32:17

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