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Friday, July 12, 2013

Knowing Who (& Whose) You Are

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly (prudently) with your God.

(Micah 5:8 NIV)

When have you ever seen one of your parents get really angry? Over what issues? How is your anger like, and unlike his or hers? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1287).

I find this almost impossible to believe based upon my own errant behavior, but over the course of my lifetime I never once saw my mother or daddy get angry at all – and this of course includes extreme anger. When I consider how I have become the slave of anger many times, I must wonder how they were able to have complete freedom from it. I was an exasperating child at times I'm sure; how were they able to avoid anger?

I think at least in part their freedom from anger derived from their philosophy memorably expressed by my father when we children would become discouraged. He would say “do the best you can do; that’s all that you can do.” I think they had deep assurance flowing from faith and obedience that they were doing their best; hence never felt compelled to project anger sourced from a sense of their own irresponsibility.

Below is mother's Philosophy of Life which she wrote for me at my request when I was an undergraduate. The poem is one I wrote on her 84th birthday.

                                MY PHILSOPHY OF LIFE
                                   (Written aprx. 1965)

          I believe God is the creator of all things. Mankind
may make many things from that which God has created. 
           God made man in His likeness, therefore man has
the capacity to love, to be kind. thoughtful and honest
toward everyone and himself. He has the power to think,
and use his mind to gain knowledge from all the vastness of
God’s creation. Also, the ability to choose what is right or
           I believe God sent Christ into the world to seek and
to save the lost, as found in Luke 19:10. 
           Christ came to reveal God’s likeness through his
teaching, healing and saving power and His concern for all
people. His spirit is present in the world today always
working that his will be done. 
           As far as I possibly can, I do and will teach of the
love of God, visit the sad and broken-hearted and try to
help them find the Way, and help all that I can regardless of
race or creed. I must not hold a grudge against anyone or be
prejudice. I certainly feel to be a true Christian we must
forgive as Christ was always forgiving. I know l have had
to be forgiven by Him many times. He is my redeemer,
and the redeemer of all who will come to him in sincerity. 
           He is my refuge and strength, a very present help in
trouble. He is so real in times of joy and gladness as Well
as at all other times. 
           I feel as sure as I live and breathe (and oh how
real), that life is eternal (John 3:16), For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
life. I believe I am choosing Where I will live it, when
death comes here, by the way I live daily. 
           I shall endeavor to live as near Christ’s Way as
possible, He being my helper and guide.
Christ and God the center. 
                        (Mrs. E. T. Standifer)

Happy Birthday !!!l (1997)

Down the years your light has shown,
Securing night and day,
Complex events were made OK,
By your steady care.
Reliable kindness & affection,
Now light your words and deeds,
You have mastered life itself,
By being Jesus’ friend.

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