Friday, February 24, 2012

The Tree of Life

"There are two ways through life:
the way of nature and the way of grace.
You have to choose which one you'll follow.

"Grace doesn't try to please itself,
accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked,
accepts insults and injuries.

"Nature only wants to please itself,
get others to please it too,
likes to lord itself over them,
to have its own way.
It finds reasons to be unhappy
when all the world is shining around it.

"No one who loves the way of grace ever comes to a bad end."

~ Mrs. O'Brien
from the movie The Tree of Life

~ ~ ~

The highest aim of nature is to make of ourselves the best we might be, and we are damned by it.

The highest aim of Grace is to make of God all He has proven to be, and we are saved by it.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
~ Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

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  1. "No one who loves the way of grace comes to a bad end." This is profound. Simple. Complex. Maybe life changing!

    1. David, I trust you to remember that for us, there is NO end. No matter where we are at any moment, God is still writing our story, toward a "plan to prosper and give you a hope." And when we finally do arrive at eternity, I don't think it's as much an ending as our true beginning.

  2. So much food for thought this morning.
    ~ Wendy

    1. Wendy, I don't think I've stopped thinking about that movie since I watched it earlier this week. I highly recommend it as an exquisite piece of art, that one never fully absorbs, no matter how long you study it.

  3. Very enlightening my friend, have missed you, and your words of wisdom. I love you.

    1. I love you too, pretty lil bear. You are kind to miss lil ole me. : ) I plan to be posting again.


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