The Chaplain’s Corner
Everyday we live with our self images and reputations. No other person knows what our character is really like. Only you and I know if our reputations and our characters are in real harmony. We think of personal integrity as doing or being the same in private as in public.
We think of people as being more public or private. Some jobs require the individual to be in the public eye. Coaches, teachers, political leaders and many others certainly fall in this category. As a boy growing up on the farm 13 miles from town, we had a different situation. The one room country school usually had no more than 10 or 12 students in all eight grades. Some of my favorite memories are those 12 to 15 hour days on a tractor doing field work. This gave time to be private.
Population counts estimate that somewhere around seven billion human beings live on planet Earth. Considering all of the different kinds of people, environments and varied conditions on earth, we can’t comprehend the possibilities that exist. How different the world is today than it was during ages past.
Anthropologists and historians can only imagine the changes that have taken place over the centuries. Psalm 139 clearly tells us that God knows every detail about us from conception until death. I would strongly recommend that everyone read Psalm 139 in more than one translation. This year I am reading through the Bible in the “New Spirit Filled Life Bible.” The notes and commentaries are fantastic.
It is true that no other human can know all of the details of our character. Even we likely don’t understand everything about our motives and anxieties. We can be thankful that a loving God knows all about us and loves all of us.
We can be thankful that He wants to forgive our failures and help us along life’s road. How precious and helpful is His book of Instructions.
For the 2014 club, Mar. 9 takes us to Deuteronomy 10 and Mark 12.
Loving God is the greatest kind of love.
Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the city of North St. Paul and the Washington County Jail. He is also a volunteer at the local food shelf.