"For us let it be enough to know ourselves to be in the place where God wants us, and carry on our work, even though it be no more than the work of an ant, infinitesimally small, and with unforeseeable results."
-- Abbé Monchanin

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Scripture Passage for the Day

So den, how come you guys everytime like make argue an fight wit each odda? You know why? Cuz inside you, you like go all out fo get someting, and same time, you like get one nodda ting. Az why one part everytime fighting one nodda part. Wen you guys like someting, an you no can get um, you guys even like go kill peopo. Cuz you like get um so bad, but still yet you no can. You guys everytime like make argue an fight! You no can get notting, cuz you not aksing God fo um, az why! Yeah, you aks fo um, but still yet you no get um, cuz inside yoa heart no stay right. Da kine stuff you aksing fo, ony fo make yoa own self feel good, az why.

-- From James 3:1-3
Da Jesus Book (Hawaiian Pidgin New Testament)
[During the height of the takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention, a pastor supportive of the takeover movement was leading a men's prayer session at mission meeting in Zimbabwe. He asked the men to share a favorite scripture verse and then he would make some nice observation on the significance and beauty of each verse and how he also appreciated it. I had recently been struck by the force and relevance of this passage and quoted it as a favorite of mine. (From the NIV not Da Jesus Book). When I finished there was a nervous silence and then, "Anyone else have a favorite verse?" I suspect he understood.]

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