Building a heartful of spiritual soil conservation
This morning, we had a meeting. Why we have to have a domestic spousal meeting about her and how she feels disappointed with the family, before coming to write something of eternal value for you to read, is beyond me. (obviously we don’t agree about what this is or what to do about the family. . . someday my opinion about her feelings will be more compassionate) Our family has grown up with the grace and admonition of God, and we can only honor and support them as best we can. We need to agree, however, that there is a solution to all family problems and that it is that which is planted deep in the heart of every individual. I choose to call this spiritual soil conservancy. And we can get this by learning the organizational theory we find in the Bible . . . What’s this? It is simply a search for and collecting of anything and everything of an eternal nature that can be applied to human life to make it better. I just looked up this link that will take you to the website of DTM.com (Discipleship Tape Ministries). It is copyrighted material so I won’t use the material for this post, but it is exactly what my thoughts are. What if all the members of our families went to that site and honestly reevaluated their lives by asking the six questions at the end of the essay? Improved relations? Maybe. “Confusion and impotence are the inevitable results when the wisdom and resources of the world are substituted for the presence and power of the Spirit.” – Samuel Chadwick (taken from the dtm.org website)
I plan then, to build this post upon 1) the universal texts that have public domain status such as the parable (illustration) of the sower. (wikipedia), 2) the article Approaching the Organizational Theory of Everything by Bud Caddell, and 3) the review of A Theory of Everything by Ken Wilber.
Disciple Tape Ministries (DTM.com) uses a four point plan for the final lesson on this parable, Wikipedia, however, organizes it differently . . .
- The sower sows the word
- The seeds falling on the road represent those who hear the word but dismiss it straight away – the synoptics state that the wicked one (Matthew’s wording)/Satan (Mark’s wording) is what takes the word away
- The seeds falling on the rocks represent those who hear the word, but only accept it shallowly – the synoptics state that these sorts of people reject the word as soon as it causes them affliction or persecution
- The seeds falling on thorns represent those who hear the word, and take it to heart, but allow worldly concerns, such as money, to choke it.
- The seeds falling on good soil represents those who hear the word, and truly understand it, causing it to bear fruit.
“That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son, Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:3)
This is a quote about sowing the seed. What we hear and see are believable. A spiritual fellowship is the source of fellowship with the Father and His Son. Our family needs to remember how we have attempted to give them this opportunity to have the seeds of God to be sown in their heart. They have good soil, and they have some of the other kind too. Our prayer is that their good soil is living and will grow richer.
”When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.” (Acts 11:18)
The seed is sown and is germinated in good ground. How can we encourage our children to receive the fruit of repentance which is life? (They are too busy with their own lives to stop even for a text we might send, and reply with more than one word). “He who received seed upon the good soil is he who, hearing the Word…” (Matthew 13:23) Our hearts are filled up with what God is saying to us personally, but our children no longer get to hear about it. We will continue to pray for them . . . just to hear with their heart.
Here is something just texted to me from my following cousin on Twitter: Responsive.org, Approaching an organizational theory of everything by Bud Caddell (2 days ago) This is April 24, 2014): You have probably seen this before because of your business trends or business background, but when my cousin tweets such a thing — not like my other brother Darrell, he has proven himself to know what he is telling us. So we listen and favorite his work back! Caddell is coming from his experience and is writing this for Undercurrent.org Magazine which may well be a personal interest of his (or yours), but also from product advertising. This appears to be universal stuff we can use. Check it out today!
Also, I just found a thoroughly fascinating review of A Theory of Everything, by Ken Wilber. I had no idea that the sum of all things can be organized into centralized thought. (God is no respecter of persons. Acts 10:34 CJB)
Please see our Hallmark of intelligence is the quality of the process post (May 9, 2013)
Next time: Personally applying true opinions to life.