I’ve been listening a lot lately. I have a few websites I like to frequent and one of them is: offgridwithdougandstacy.com
Doug and Stacy have some interesting insights and their thrust is to encourage others to live a more self-sustaining life. In one of Stacy’s videos she is being interviewed by someone and there is a question asked that required some thoughtfulness and retrospection.
The couple, interviewer and interviewee, are sitting at the table inside the cabin and at the end of the answer to the question Stacy admonishes the audience to “enjoy the journey.”
And that is what we are on—a journey, or maybe an adventure. Life is like that with a mix of good and bad, up hills and down. Sometimes we get to choose and make decisions. Sometimes those decisions are good and sometimes they are learning curves.
There is a philosophy of “to thine own self be true…” There is wisdom in that idea as long as—as long as thine own self has virtue and godliness.
Without virtue and godliness, being true to thine own self is just selfish and self-serving. We see much of that these days.
I’ve seen too many people ragging on capitalism lately and they usually pair it with the word “greedy.” There is nothing wrong with honest work being rewarded. If someone produces a product that someone else wants or needs and they both agree to exchange something of value for that product everyone should be content.
That method of existence sure beats the tar out of killing people and stealing their stuff. The raiding and plundering method employed under anarchy and tribal culture.
Virtue and godliness, where do those attributes come from? They are ideas, but they aren’t nebulous. We know them when we see them. We have a list in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
What a noble list: true, honest, just, pure lovely, good report…and if there be any virtue.
There is a quote from the movie Second Hand Lions that I’ve come across lately. I haven’t watched the movie, only bits and pieces, but this piece is somewhat poignant. There are some basic truths and like many things in life, if it isn’t always true it should be.
“Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things that a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good. That honor, courage and virtues mean everything. That power and money, money and power mean nothing; that Good always triumphs over Evil; and I want you to remember this: That Love, true Love never dies. Doesn’t matter if any of this is true or not. You see a man should believe in these things because these are the things worth believing in.” Robert Duvall in “Second Hand Lions”
Psalm 130:1. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.
2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
7 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.