Archive for the ‘Sevens’ Category

i posted about the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi and now i ’m posting the seven Knightly Virtues. i know it’s a little dated as we don’t have knights today, but… but i think that inside every man is a desire to be a knight in shining armour and inside every woman is the desire to be rescued by a knight in shining armour, that is if she hasn’t been already.

This is the last of the Seven Knightly Virtues – Hope – Hope must be present every day. It is part of the shining armor that shields me, and inspires people all around me.

Hope defined as a noun says, the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.

Hope as a verb says, to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence, to believe, desire, or trust.
How appropriate to today’s post after a fiercely fought presidential election. Regardless of your party belief, life was filled with hope, that your particular person would win the election. So what does hope feel like today as one of the candidates lost. The question i asked myself this morning was do i really believe that the events turned out for the best? More so am i looking forward with desire, and reasonable confidence, to believe, and trust?

Each of the seven knightly virtues is important in itself, and every one of these virtues is an admirable quality, but when all of them blend together in one person, i discover the value, and power, of chivalry today. As a modern-day knight i should strive to keep these virtues alive in my heart, but, perhaps more importantly, i should work to bring these wonderful qualities out in the people i see every day — at home, on the campus, in the store or on the street. A person who lives by the code of chivalry in today’s world allows everyone to see their best qualities reflected in his or her shining armor.

i am going to close with a few quotes that offer some different ideas of what hope is and even is not.

Hope – “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”  ―    Shel Silverstein

Hope – “It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”  ―    Anne Frank

Hope – “Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul. And sings the tune without the words. And never stops at all.”  ―    Emily Dickinson

Hope – “The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”  ―    Barbara Kingsolver

Hope – “Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.”  ―    Margaret Mitchell

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i posted about the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi and now i ’m posting the seven Knightly Virtues. i know it’s a little dated as we don’t have knights today, but… but i think that inside every man is a desire to be a knight in shining armour and inside every woman is the desire to be rescued by a knight in shining armour, that is if she hasn’t been already.

Number 6 is Nobility. This word is sometimes confused with “entitlement” or “snobbishness,” but in the code of chivalry it conveys the importance of upholding my convictions at all times, especially when no one else is watching.

Nobility according to the dictionary is, nobleness of mind, character, or spirit; exalted moral excellence. The body of persons forming the noble class in a country or state .

Unlike yesterday’s word which ranked very high in the Webster’s Dictionary of searches, this word ranks near the bottom.

“Whatever career you may choose for yourself – doctor, lawyer, teacher – let me propose an avocation to be pursued along with it. Become a dedicated fighter for civil rights. Make it a central part of your life. It will make you a better doctor, a better lawyer, a better teacher. It will enrich your spirit as nothing else possibly can. It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow-man. Make a career of humanity.Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights.You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.”   – Martin Luther King, Jr.

In Philippians 4:8 Paul tells us, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is excellent, whatever is praiseworthy: think about such things” He goes on to say that when i “think on these things” the “peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.”

My mind grasps the concepts of true, lovely, excellent, and praiseworthy. The Bible and the world God created provide examples from which to learn true,
lovely, excellent, and praiseworthy, but what about “noble?” If the Bible provides examples and instruction on “true, lovely, excellent, and praiseworthy,” then certainly there are models for “noble” and nobility.

What does “noble” mean in today’s society? For me, noble had always been some notion in the back of my mind born out of my high school history class or classic literature. How could i—an average “nobody”—sincerely follow Paul’s admonition to “think about such things” as nobility without a biblical understanding of what it means to be noble?

Romans 5:17 “Because we belong to the family of the King, we can ‘reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” In other words, if
i am of the household of faith, then i am of noble re-birth, and that is heritage worth celebrating!

There is an overlooked passage in Isaiah: “The noble man devises noble plans; and by noble plans he stands” (Isaiah 32:8). When i first read this verse, i was fascinated with its implications. Paul’s admonition in Philippians—to think on noble things—was made clear in a new way as i thought on Isaiah’s words. There are many more references to “noble” in the Bible that may be woven into a majestic tapestry.

It is my hope today that God will plant in me noble plans and that these plans will see me through all my days.

i posted about the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi and now i ’m posting the seven Knightly Virtues. i know it’s a little dated as we don’t have knights today, but… but i think that inside every man is a desire to be a knight in shining armour and inside every woman is the desire to be rescued by a knight in shining armour, that is if she hasn’t been already.

Faith
In the code of chivalry, “faith” means trust and integrity, as a knight in shining armor i must always be faithful to word and promises, no matter how big or small they may be.

Faith: a: allegiance to duty or a person, loyalty,  fidelity to one’s promises, sincerity of intentions, firm belief in something for which there is no proof complete trust, something that is believed especially with strong conviction;

Faith is currently in the top 1% of lookups and is the 103rd most popular word on Merriam-Webster.com.. How interesting that this word increased significantly in lookups over the past seven days. God’s timing!

Samantha Ruebel posted that everyone has faith in something.  Even atheists have faith. The Bible teaches to have faith in God. The world teaches to have faith in oneself. Evolutionists have faith in Darwinism although no one has ever seen evolution in progress. Christians have faith in God though no one has seen Him face to face.   Not all faith is religious, although the strongest faiths usually are. I have faith that tomorrow will come.  I can not prove it until then but I have faith that it will be there.  I have faith in my God because I DO see evidence of Him. I see all the wonderful things He has created and I see answers to prayers.   I see addicts overcome their addictions. I see people full of hate accept Christ and learn to love.  “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”…and YES that is a Bible quote but it is also a perfect definition of faith.

These words come from Hebrews 11:1. i wanted to include it in today’s post from the Message just for some clarity. But i could not find a place to cut it off and while it is long it is worth reading every word. For me my every thought today will begin with the words “BY FAITH” and so i’ll begin by saying “By Faith i hope you will read all of this and not just brush it off as something you’ve already done and already know.

Hebrews chapter 11 – The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.

3 By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.

4 By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice.

5-6 By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

7 By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God.

8-10 By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God.

11-12 By faith, barren Sarah was able to become pregnant, old woman as she was at the time, because she believed the One who made a promise would do what he said. That’s how it happened that from one man’s dead and shriveled loins there are now people numbering into the millions.

13-16 Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. How did they do it? They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back any time they wanted. But they were after a far better country than that—heaven country. You can see why God is so proud of them, and has a City waiting for them.

17-19 By faith, Abraham, at the time of testing, offered Isaac back to God. Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son, his only son, as he had been to receive him—and this after he had already been told, “Your descendants shall come from Isaac.” Abraham figured that if God wanted to, he could raise the dead. In a sense, that’s what happened when he received Isaac back, alive from off the altar.

20 By an act of faith, Isaac reached into the future as he blessed Jacob and Esau.

21 By an act of faith, Jacob on his deathbed blessed each of Joseph’s sons in turn, blessing them with God’s blessing, not his own—as he bowed worshipfully upon his staff.

22 By an act of faith, Joseph, while dying, prophesied the exodus of Israel, and made arrangements for his own burial.

23 By an act of faith, Moses’ parents hid him away for three months after his birth. They saw the child’s beauty, and they braved the king’s decree.

24-28 By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. He valued suffering in the Messiah’s camp far greater than Egyptian wealth because he was looking ahead, anticipating the payoff. By an act of faith, he turned his heel on Egypt, indifferent to the king’s blind rage. He had his eye on the One no eye can see, and kept right on going. By an act of faith, he kept the Passover Feast and sprinkled Passover blood on each house so that the destroyer of the firstborn wouldn’t touch them.

29 By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it and drowned.

30 By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat.

31 By an act of faith, Rahab, the Jericho harlot, welcomed the spies and escaped the destruction that came on those who refused to trust God.

32-38 I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets. . . . Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world.

39-40 Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.

i posted about the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi and now i ’m posting the seven Knightly Virtues. i know it’s a little dated as we don’t have knights today, but… but i think that inside every man is a desire to be a knight in shining armour and inside every woman is the desire to be rescued by a knight in shining armour, that is if she hasn’t been already.

Generosity
For me sharing what’s valuable in life is not just giving away material goods, but my time, attention, wisdom and energy — the things that i believe create a strong, diverse community.

Generosity: readiness or liberality in giving. freedom from meanness or smallness of mind or character.

There are two things that i love about today’s post. The first is that i love studying different topics in the Bible. It  helps to be specific about an area i want to improve in my walk with God. The second is generosity. The Bible is clear that i am to be generous to others. It says that it is better to give than receive.

Timothy 6:17-18 As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be proud and arrogant and contemptuous of others, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for [our] enjoyment.  [Charge them] to do good, to be rich in good works, to be liberal and generous of heart, ready to share [with others],

Matthew 10:42 says, And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.

The words “because he is My disciple” captures my attention. It does not say because he is a “Christian” nor does it say because he is a “good” person. “My disciple” is specific and leaves the idea open that there are people who will give a cup of cold water for other reasons. i can only imagine what some of those reasons might be and then there a few that i have more than just imagined, i have done them myself.

He, who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives  without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.~ Jeremy Taylor

That is a quote for me, as i have to often given readily just because i could and recently became aware as to why. i want to be wanted, so i give, and i shared about that in past posts so i won’t go there again. Self-Sacrifice is the essence of generosity.

i close with Luke 19:8 as a practical application for me to consider, “So then Zacchaeus stood up and solemnly declared to the Lord, See, Lord, the half of my goods I [now] give [by way of restoration] to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone out of anything, I [now] restore four times as much.”

 

 

i posted about the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi and now i ’m posting the seven Knightly Virtues. i know it’s a little dated as we don’t have knights today, but… but i think that inside every man is a desire to be a knight in shining armour and inside every woman is the desire to be rescued by a knight in shining armour, that is if she hasn’t been already.

“The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed- It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.”   William Shakespeare

Too much mercy… often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second.”   Agatha Christie

Mercy – my words and attitude can be painful weapons in this world, which is why i as a knight in shining armor exercises mercy in my dealings with others, creating a sense of peace and community, rather than engaging in hostility and antagonism.

Mercy – compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence.

We have a powerful and merciful God. He knows i have fallen short of His glory, but His mercy is incredible. That is why as a disciple i need to always be aware of His love and His mercy. A day shouldn’t go by without my praising God. i may be barely able to comprehend His mercy, but i know that it is there.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Titus 3:5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

“Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say, “here, my poor man”, but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself. It is not the receiver that is blessed, but it is the giver. Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world, and thus become pure and perfect.”   Swami Vivekananda

Just a reminder, i posted about the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi and now i ’m posting the seven Knightly Virtues. i know it’s a little dated as we don’t have knights today, but… but i think that inside every man is a desire to be a knight in shining armour and inside every woman is the desire to be rescued by a knight in shining armour, that is if she hasn’t been already.

Today’s Virtue is JUSTICE…

“I  tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot  sleep forever”. – Thomas  Jefferson

Leviticus 19:15 “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”

Justice – As a knight in shining armor (and that’s making the assumption that i am one) i am to hold myself to the highest standard of behavior, and know that finding and using “loop holes” on the little rules weakens the fabric of society for everyone.

Justice – the moral principle determining just conduct, the quality of being just, righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness.

For todays post i am looking at Social Justice?

It is essential that i as a Christian must clearly understand what social justice includes. On the surface, the term has a positive connotation that conveys a seemingly strong sense of virtue and morality. However, social justice involves much more than a superficial label or feelings of compassion. It must involve a clear understanding of each social problem, the root cause of the problem, and the best solution for the problem.

Social justice has two key components:

  1. social – “living together in communities or organized groups”, and
  2. justice – “the upholding of what is just, especially fair treatment and due reward in accordance with honor, standards, or law” (American Heritage Dictionary).

Combining these two concepts, gives me a working definition “Social justice exists when people get what they are due from their particular group or community.” This brings up another important question: What do i deserve from my particular social group or society? Some say each person deserves an equal opportunity to work and acquire their society’s resources; others say each person deserves an equal share, or at least a basic share.

As an American i am entitled to at least three basic inalienable rights specified in the Declaration of Independence: “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” While these rights are not directly protected by God – He even permits some people to be born into social conditions that threaten their life, liberty, and opportunities – He expects human societies to uphold these rights and He holds people accountable for failing to do so. i believe that all people within a society actually possess a certain portion of society’s “benefits and burdens

Acts 17:30-32 – In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of  justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and  passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Martin Luther King,  Jr.

i posted about the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi and now i ‘m posting the seven Knightly Virtues. i know it’s a little dated as we don’t have knights today, but… but i think that inside every man is a desire to be a knight in shining armour and inside every woman is the desire to be rescued by a knight in shining armour, that is if she hasn’t been already.

SEVEN KNIGHTLY VIRTUES:

In truth, there was no such thing as a uniform code of knightly behavior and attitude in the Middle Ages. Many people have compiled lists of virtuous qualities, called the “knightly virtues,” which they felt defined chivalry.

Within those lists, several common themes were found. By combining these, i have created what i consider to be the seven knightly virtues.

All of a knight’s virtues were symbolized by the equipment he used, and nothing was more symbolic than the knight’s spurs. The spurs represented courage, and when a young man was knighted, it was sometimes said he had “won his spurs.”

Courage – The discovery that i may not win, and trying when i know i can lose.

Courage – More than bravado or bluster, today’s knight in shining armor must have the courage of the heart necessary to undertake tasks which are difficult, tedious or unglamorous, and to graciously accept the sacrifices involved.

Courage – The power or quality of dealing with, or facing danger, fear, pain, etc., The courage of ones convictions, the confidence to act in accordance with one’s beliefs and convictions.

For me this is about the courage of my spiritual convictions. i attempt to take them seriously but often as you know fall short. Often my courage seems to get weak or diluted. Comfort and contentment creeps in as well and as John Maxwell says, “If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.”. When comfort or contentment isn’t the problem fear seems to be the culporate.

And what i know about fear is this, “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind.”

COURAGEPsalm 56:3-4 When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can [mere] man do to me?

Worship without sacrifice.” – Psalm 51:16-17 For You delight not in sacrifice, or else would I give it; You find no pleasure in burnt offering. My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.

“I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” ― A.W. Tozer

“If there is no laughter, Jesus has gone somewhere else. If there is no joy and freedom, it is not a church: it is simply a crowd of melancholy people basking in a religious neurosis. If there is no celebration, there is no real worship.”  ― Steve Brown

“Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves. His perfect holiness, by definition, assures us that our words can’t contain Him. Isn’t it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?” ― Francis Chan

Many enter the chamber (garden) to meet God while they are still emotionally out of breath. Silence and solitude, listening to God and meditation all take time………….. time some are not willing to give.

i am going to close out these posts with these final words regarding each of these seven deadly sins.

“i must do today what others will not do so that tomorrow i can do what others can not.” i must “worship with sacrifice” today in a way that others will not, so that tomorrow i can do what others can not.

Commerce without morality – “So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.   I will strike her children dead.  Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.  (From Revelation 2:22-23)”

Commerce without morality means conducting business without any sense of right and wrong and ethics.

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. – Henry  David Thoreau

In day-to-day commerce, television is not so much interested  in the business of communications as in the business of delivering audiences to  advertisers. People are the merchandise, not the shows. The shows are merely the  bait. – Les  Brown

A basic principle of the “Christian” moral life is that every person is made in the image of God. He gave me an immortal soul and through the gifts of intelligence and reason enables me to understand the order of things established in his creation. God has also given me free will to seek and love what is true, good, and beautiful. Sadly, because of the fall, i suffer the impact of sin, which darkens my mind, weakens my will, and inclines me to sin. Baptism delivers me from sin but not from its effects—especially the inclination to sin. Within me, then, is both the powerful urge toward the good because i am made in the image of God, and the darker impulses toward evil because of the effects of sin.

Christ’s dying and rising offers me new life in the Spirit, whose saving grace delivers me from sin and heals sin’s damage within me. Thus i speak of the value, dignity, and goal of human life, even with its imperfections and struggles. Human life, as a profound unity of physical and spiritual dimensions, is sacred. It is distinct from all other forms of life, since it alone is imprinted with the very image of its Creator.

Continuing with Mahatma Gandhi’s Seven Deadly Sins and thus my comments on them as they pertain to me. This goes perfectly with my “fearless” moral inventory. The verses are those that i have selected to go with that particular sin as well as are the quotes. So what i’m saying is that the verses and the quotes are my comments. It is taking me much longer than i thought it would to find the right ones.

How appropriate today’s post is. i am in no way making any type of political statement. This is about humanity and today is simply about humanity regarding politics and the principles of politics but more importantly those in politics.

Seven Deadly Sins – Mahatma Gandhi

Politics without principle – Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”  ― Cyril Connolly

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

Both of these quotes are so true. All of the meandiam posts reflect me, myself and they do so without any reservation. Thus not everyone, even those close to me agrees with my thoughts views or actions, i am okay with that. my intended readers are the generations of my family who to may think i was wacked out or an extremist, i am also okay with that. my intent is to represent me and who i am, what i believe, what i do and what i do not do and with some explanation explain why.

i’ll close by reminding everyone to vote! i do not care nor have an opinion as to whom you should vote for but use the knowledge (Borrowing a little from yesterdays post) you have to make a principled decision. Use your knowledge and experience the power of it, and it matters not whether you actually win, or lose, it;s the process of our great country even with all it’s faults.