As mentioned in my last post, I am reading/studying the A.W. Towzer book “The Attributes of God” Volume 1. The posts in this series will be laced with excerpts from this book, and I will do my best to do proper citations. Posts will be up as I progress with the book, no promises of a particular schedule.
The challenge I gave myself to write a weekly post failed miserably. I knew I shouldn’t have told my readers, as now you can see how terrible I am with sticking to a challenge. All things aside I do hope to write more, but I am not sure how often it will be, as I am hoping to write about the current study I am doing.
But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
This verse was my least favorite for a very long time for the sole reason that it is the verse that commanded me to be something that came so very hard. How could I achieve holiness? The slightest interruption in my plans, or day would cause me to sink into a “this is not fair”, “how dare you” attitude. Most days I felt like the holiness that I was commanded to achieve was somewhere far in the depths of the milky way completely and utterly unattainable. God is holy, and I felt anything but that.
“Would you mind “baheeping” my potatoes when we are on our holiday?” (I believe the proper English term for this is ‘hilling potatoes’). This was asked by my mother, to which I responded, “yeah, sure”. So the day came where I decided it needed to be done, I filled my mason jar with water and headed out in the 30°C weather to work in the garden. To say I have a love/hate relationship with direct sunlight and sweltering heat is…well… a lie. I lack a lot of love in that scenario.
Do what makes you happy? Is that a typo, you may ask. Nope, that question mark is there with a purpose. Unlike the ever so popular concept of doing whatever makes YOU happy, I am asking, and challenging you to question that concept and do something a little different, and not at all popular. Instead of focusing, and surrounding yourselves with objects, concepts, vision boards, and programs that make YOU happy, I want to suggest that you (myself included) start relaying this focus rather on doing what makes us holy.