Well I suspect to get a lot of hard work done today at a rental house my parents own in Burke County. Hopefully I’ll be able to get the bathroom floor tore out and begin to re-brace and repair the floor for new wood and a new toilet, etc.
As I thought about this day and what kind of work we all do, I remembered hearing a quote from a 17th century monk – Brother Lawrence. Brother Lawrence worked in the kitchen and he had a tough time understanding the silly separation many make between spiritual things and secular things. Some think repairing a rotting floor is secular and teaching, preaching, and writing about Jesus is spiritual. Here are two quotes, “The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess.. God as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.” Another quote from Brother Lawrence, “Men invent means and methods of coming at God’s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God’s presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?”
Now I know some of you are consumed with thought about whether or not a Monk could know Jesus… so if that consumes your thought, read the subtitle Conversion on the wikipedia page about him and judge for yourself if you want. But either way, I like these quotes.
Now my question for today: Would we be more effective as followers of Jesus to encourage people to be fully in at whatever occupation they have begun, or would we be wiser to encourage them to work toward a more “spiritual” occupation?