Perhaps it may turn out a sang,
Perhaps turn out a sermon.

-- R. Burns Epistle to a Young Friend

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Another Thursday Thought from Fénelon

Live in continued peace.  But understand that peace does not depend on the fervor of your devotion.  The only thing you need to be concerned about is the direction of your will. 

Give that up to God without reservation.  The important question is not how religious you are, or how devoted, but rather is your will in harmony with God?  Humbly confess your faults.  Learn to be detached from the world and completely abandoned to God.  Love Him more than yourself and His glory more than your life.  The least you can do is to desire and ask for such as love.  God will then pour out upon you that special love which only His children know, and He will give you His peace. -- Fénelon, "The True Source of Peace is in the Surrender of the Will"
I almost think that would be better if I had stopped at "Humbly confess your faults".  I believe that the rest flows from our expressions of dependence upon the Lord and our awareness of our transparency before Him.   If we are not careful our efforts to be "detached" will make us more attached because it becomes our focus.  We are in God's presence.  We can't not be.  Our distance from God, as Tozer said, is not spatial but relational.  Thus we may take a positive turn toward God and by default we lessen the world's hold upon us. 

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