Heavier Things

Today I heard a sermon that I have never heard before, in comparing our spiritual lives to education, although I must admit that I have pondered such issues myself in a limited way [1]. It was a very inventive audience, appropriate for having a large number of guests (mostly in high school) who were on their way to camp and generally of the mood to compare life with schooling, being very familiar with schooling. I suppose I have spent enough time in school that it was not too surprising when in different areas of life I was in the high school and college age. Not surprisingly, I find that high school in general is a good metaphor for much of the way that life works [2]. Of course, while high school was not a fun period of life, college offered some enjoyment as well as a significant amount of achievement (especially in graduate school). I don’t mind life being like college, especially if it means mastering the intricacies of love (as difficult as that is). Mastering discernment, justice, and mercy, and hope, are difficult enough areas of life to deal with successfully.

What are the heavier things in life? Matthew 23:23 reads: ““Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” This is, of course, one of the best scriptures in the Bible that deals with the subject of tithing, since the subject is not dealt with elsewhere in the New Testament with any degree of frequency [3]. What is most obvious, though, is that tithing is not the highest matter of life, but that there are higher matters that should be done even as the lesser matters are not left undone. When we progress through school, we build upon a foundation of previous coursework, but just because we progress to higher levels does not mean that we reject previous learning because it was on a more basic level. We simply recognize that we have mastered the basics, continue to practice them, but wrestle with more serious issues and are grateful for the education that we have progressed through. Too often people fail to realize that morality and education share many similar elements, including the fact that heavier things are built on top of less weighty matters that form a basis for future development. Unless we master the basics, we cannot really progress to higher levels, but once we master those basics, there are other areas that demand our attention.

Life is full of weighty matters. Does it show discernment and proper judgment to read a certain book, or to listen to certain music, or to watch a certain movie, or to spend a lot of time getting to know certain people? There are areas of life that we greatly wrestle with, some areas where we are strong and others where we are weak, and we develop our strengths even as we wrestle mightily with our weaknesses, sometimes with the full knowledge that we face continual tests and refinement in areas where we know we have some massive shortcomings [4]. Sometimes we simply have to ask how long we’re going to be in high school, and do our best to learn what we need to learn and grow in the ways we need to grow, and develop the hope and faith and love that will make us more like our Father in heaven and our elder brother. Hopefully, that will be enough.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/the-graduates/

[2] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/this-is-why-high-school-never-ends/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/a-walk-in-the-park/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/book-review-daughters-in-danger/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/younger-now-than-we-were-then/

[3] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/for-you-have-robbed-me-even-this-whole-nation-part-one/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/for-you-have-robbed-me-even-this-whole-nation-part-two/

[4] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/you-dont-play-a-game-you-cant-win/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/a-momentary-lapse-of-reason/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/on-discovering-your-strengths-in-the-heat-of-crisis/

About nathanalbright

I'm a person with diverse interests who loves to read. If you want to know something about me, just ask.
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