Often times I hear people say things like “All we can do is pray” or “Just pray; there’s nothing more we can do.”
I now come to that part of Christian morals where they differ most sharply from all other morals. There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else…
God says what we do with our mind matters. Consider (with your mind, of course) just a sampling of passages (in no particular order) that speak to the use of our mental faculties.
I received a traffic citation recently for not signaling while changing lanes. Needless to say it was troubling, especially since the cost is 2 points against my driving record and a fine of $178! Quite honestly, it angered me to be called out on such a petty offense when there are so many other traffic violations more worthy of the state’s time and energy. Or are there?
“For the secret of man’s being is not only to live . . . but to live for something definite. Without a firm notion of what he is living for, man will not accept life and will rather destroy himself than remain on earth. . . .”
— Fyodor Dostoevsky (quoted in Os Guinness’s The Call)
I don’t know about you, but I often fail to distinguish rightly between what I need and what I want. Thankfully, God always gives me what I need, but not always what I want. He’s more interested in me than in seeing my requests granted. This is the essence of a loving, heavenly Father who only does what’s best for his children.
In his classic Confessions (Book X), Augustine prays
“Give what Thou commandest, and command what Thou willest.”