A Part/Apart

It would seem that our nations capacity for compassion could be rounded up to zero. We have become so galvanized over political topics that we have lost any capacity for objectivity as well. It truly saddens me that this is paying out on the global stage.

I am not a political person. I have my views, but I have never subscribed to a given platform aside from the platform of Christ. I try very hard to keep my objectivity, compassion and humility at the forefront.

My cause is the cause of Christ and there is nothing else. I strive to live in the world while living apart from it.

This is not easy. And I am sure you find it difficult as well.

Yet, we are called to be different. To be apart while being part. We, scripturally, are told to care for the widows and children. We are told to turn the other cheek. We are told to love one another.

This in a world that Christ clearly saw even when he lived. One cannot die for every sin without experiencing every sin upon the cross.

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16 NIV).

This may seem contradictory to the rest of Christ message, but I assure you it is not. We are to retain our innocence while being shrewd, even while these may battle each other at times.

I studied many forms of martial arts over the years. Of all of the styles I studied I liked Aikido the most. Mainly because it strove to redirect an adversaries attack energy away from yourself without harming the adversary.

I took this learning and applied it to many of my personal and business dealings. Being like a rock in a stream, allowing the water to flow around me as opposed to fighting against the flow.

I believe this scripture and that learning go hand in hand. Being a part but being apart.

We must be a positive influence in the world, not create more turmoil in our passing. Directing the flow of that which we can influence without fighting force with force. If there is one thing that I have learned, and continue to learn, is that trying to oppose force with force only leaves a lot of pain and brokenness.

I have not always been good at this, still probably am not. I can be an intimidating presence due to my size and my demeanor. Once people get to know me they understand that I am, typically, a gentle giant. However, it requires a lot of effort to keep my more brutal self in check.

Yet, I think to Christ teachings and my study of Aikido and try very hard to keep objectivity, compassion and a humble nature at the forefront.

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