“They are people who hear the word, but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit.” Mark 4:18-19
I just spent an hour writing a blog post for today. I was right in the middle of a sentence when Microsoft Word made it disappear “unexpectedly” and “inexplicably.” Such are the annoyances of life that can certainly direct ones attention away from the Word, especially if anger is the result. Personally I can’t stand it when time is wasted or robbed from me for something particularly unnecessary. Clearly the Word is not bearing fruit right now as I complain like a child. Then I justify my behavior with more complaints. Yesterday I discovered that the person with which I was hoping share an office suite was a self absorbed shyster who after acting quite excited during our first meeting did an about-face during our second and said I was one of “several pieces at play.” What was I, part of a game for her to enjoy? That event came on the heels of my doctor telling me it was a matter of urgency that I give up my favorite foods along with coffee, tea, wine, and chocolate. As far as I’m concerned I deserve to complain. —And the Word is not bearing fruit.
Our attitude, not the events in our lives determine if we are filled with the goodness of the Lord or not. St. Francis of Assisi would have rejoiced for the inconveniences as a means of detachment from the things of this world. St. Francis de Sales would’ve shrugged his shoulders and proceeded with his work. Clearly, I need a serious attitude adjustment if I want to bear holy fruit. So please pray for me you who are better at these kinds of things and I’ll offer up these inconveniences for you who are in my attitude boat. The only way we are going to bear fruit is arm in arm, weak and strong linked together in the Christian Community.
Picture is the Bible given to us at our wedding 28 years ago