Faith Without Sloth or Negligence

Enable me, by thy Holy Spirit, so to shun sloth and negligence, that every day may discharge part of the task which Thou has allotted me….” ~ Doctor Johnson’s Prayers. Edited by Eldon Trueblood.

I love the challenge of this writing, but one can always get on the treadmill of, “I could have done more.” We always can, until we have no life left. But we will put an hour into a walk, a run, a shopping trip, a soccer game, but to spiritual pursuits we have sloth.

I think the trick is to take it out of the canned packages people hands us, and do what works for us. Read what works for us, and as much as works for us. Also, weave spiritual life into everyday life, we often separate acts into sacred and secular, as if both are two different containers, places, two different lives almost. This is the dualistic mind of the west.

All of life is the the spiritual container, live our faith there, not in creating new containers.

I read this verse from a hymn today, one I had never heard before.

O for a faith that will not shrink,

Though pressed by every foe,

That will not tremble on the brink

Of any earthly woe!

~ Hymn: O for a Faith That Will Not Shrink. William H. Bathurst

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