Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Passion & Choice

The heart is filled with both great and terrible passions. It lives in us as both gift and liability - pushing and pulling us here and there. It feels what the eyes see, what the ears hear, what the skin touches, what the nostrils smell. In both physical and imagined forms, as well as the realm of the spiritual, our hearts constantly react to our experiences.

The mind is our chooser, empowered by God's Spirit to surrender our hearts and bodies despite our often contrary passions and drives. It discovers and learns and decides. It binds and looses attention and action.

At times, the heart and mind compete for authority over attention and action. But it is the mind that is charged with the responsibility of choice. The mind has the office of stewarding the heart as the very well-spring of our life's essence.

The heart and mind can be terrible enemies; but they were made to be intimate traveling companions. Without passion, we implode. Without restraint, we explode.

Some people are imploders who must intentionally nurture their feeling hearts to keep the passion fires stoked and focused. Others, like me, are exploders who must intentionally exercise our empowered will to restrain those fires from burning out of control.

Risk, reckless obedience, emotional awareness and expression - these are the passion-stirring paths that bring renewed life to imploders. Spirit-filled self-denial, fasting, and abstinence of all kinds - these are the tempering companions that guard exploders like me from our otherwise certain destruction.

I desperately desire to walk closer with these latter friends. I fear I am insufficiently surrendered in my passions and, consequently, dangerously inclined toward "exploding".

Holy Father, bless my heart and save me from my heart.
Living Son, lead my heart and crucify my heart.
Indwelling Spirit, fill my heart and conquer my heart.

1 John 2:15-17, "If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but from the world. The world is passing away and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. "

2 Peter 1:4-9, "
He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins."

1 comment:

bjk said...

good stuff...